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For 25 years until 2015, RBKC play service provided school based play centres, breakfast clubs, holiday playcentres and support for community adventure playgrounds. The service was outsourced to Epic CIC however in April 2020 as the pandemic hit, Epic ceased to trade. The council is 'in talks' with other providers but many services have been paused in the meantime.
Run by the community organisation AAA, Arc in the Park offers Adventure Play, sports and youth hub running projects all year round. The Arc provides a Newham-wide delivery and resource base for young people with disabilities and/or additional needs and the playground is fully inclusive.
Originally known as COPS (named for the 4 surrounding estates) Surrey Docks currently has no outdoor play structures due to some environmental factors. But the playworkers here are passionate and enthusiastic about the kids who come here and there's a range of indoor activities on offer.
Home Park was originally built by youth workers with funding from the Big Lottery. The current structure was rebuilt and opened by the Mayor of Lewisham after it was destroyed by fire in the 2011 riots and is regularly named in the Annual Parks survey as best in the area.