Once upon a time in the middle of London there was an unused and neglected piece of parkland. Also known as Mostyn Gardens.
That was until the school next door decided to unleash its potential. They breathed life back into it and worked tirelessly to transform the area into a place that all local children can enjoy.
The result? A unique scooter park in the community.
The new scooter park at Poplar Primary School is believed to be the first in the UK. With more than 200 metres of pathways where children can let off steam, keep fit and learn to scoot safely. Used by the school in the day and the community during evenings and weekends. The project won celebrity backing from triathlon stars the Brownlee brothers who have pledged £1,000.
A marvellous idea
Headteacher Katharine Davies said the idea for the scooter park came after the school’s recent expansion.
“As part of the work, an access road was created across an underused corner of the adjacent park, Mostyn Gardens. We thought we would really love to do something with that area and create something for pupils and the local community.
“We noticed that lots of young children came to school on their scooters. That led to the idea of the scooter park.
“Merton Council kindly agreed that we could go ahead, with the local community being able to enjoy it outside of school hours.
“The design includes undulating pathways to give interest plus a race track. There will also be a small ‘village’ area with pretend garage and shops for role play and imaginary play activities.
In May 2017 the school hit their target and the scooter park opened in July.