Since I first set eyes on Dexter’s Adventure Playground I’ve been counting the days until I could share this news with you – the playground is opening this Saturday, yes this Saturday 13th July 2013.
Every time I walk past Dexter’s Adventure Playground in Railton Road, I don’t know about you [adults and proud parents of Lambeth], but I gaze in longingly to admire the amazing looking apparatus, swings, ropes, monkey bars – need I go on? Yes okay I admit it, I’m child at heart, and I’m keen to rally for an ‘adults only play day’ – but this adventure playground definitely means serious playtime business.
Mum’s, dad’s, auntie’s uncle’s, nannies; this Saturday grab the kids and the tubes of Savlon and head down to Dexter’s Adventure Playground, Railton Road, Brixton – newly refurbished, they’re holding an open day to celebrate!
A little birdy told me that the playground has been closed for some time due to safety reasons, but that’s all been fixed, tried and tested, and now the playground is safe and ready to be used.
Here’s a bit of interesting information about the area and ground that is now Dexter’s Adventure Playground courtesy of our friends at The Brixton Society:
‘Following completion of Thames Water’s sewer works, steps are being taken to remodel the Dexter Adventure Playground in Railton Road. Ashvin de Vos of Erectarchitecture has sought our help in tracing the foundations of the old houses which it replaced.
The SW side of Railton Road up to No.56, together with a terrace forming Dexter Road (now Montego Close) were developed by John Roycroft of Brixton Hill in 1873, on land previously owned by Benedict Angell. Roycroft also laid out Somerleyton and Geneva Roads, Vining Street, and most of Atlantic Road.
During the Second World War, some of the houses were bombed and the cleared site was used to lay out a sunken water tank for fire- fighting purposes. This left No.46, the Dexter Cafe, at the corner of Dexter Road, and Nos 2- 30 as two-storey houses nearer Kellett Road. In the early 1970s, Brixton Neighbourhood Community Association (BNCA) acquired use of the empty water tank as a playground – though it still tended to flood after heavy rain! At the time of the original Brixton Riots in April 1981, most of the buildings fronting this part of Railton Road were being demolished. Soon after, as an interim measure, the rubble was used to fill in the old water tank to form a ball games area. Around 1986, the playground was extended along the whole frontage and given a new boundary fence. The playground is now managed by LYSADA, but during the recent sewer works, Thames Water’s contractors occupied nearly half.’