Merton’s adventure playground named coolest place to play in London 

Merton’s Acacia Adventure Playground in Mitcham has been named London’s ‘Coolest Place to Play’ at this year’s London Adventure Play Awards, which celebrates great adventure play in the capital.  

A short film by young people who use the playground was screened at the Prince Charles Cinema in Soho on Thursday 28 October, where a group of excited young people and staff went to collect their award. 

Their winning entry in the ‘Coolest Place to Play’ category, recognised that the play setting had the X-factor! 

There were six categories including London’s Adventure Playground of the Year, All-Inclusive and Best Flick with playgrounds from all over London making the short-list. 

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Education, Councillor Eleanor Stringer, said: “I would like to congratulate all the children and staff at the Acacia Adventure Playground for winning a London Play Award and crowning Merton’s playground the coolest place to play. 

“The adventure playground was the first purpose-built intergenerational centre in the country when it opened in 2010 and has always given children the opportunity to shape their own space. This award has allowed them to tell people, in their own voice, what the facility means to them. 

“I want to also thank everyone at the Acacia Adventure Playground who work so hard to support young people at the playground. This free space gives the children a stimulating and challenging area where they can express themselves whilst taking risks, knowing there is always help available.”