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Posted on Friday, 29 August, 2003 - 10:40 am:   


We are expecting our first child and are considering moving to the Forest Hill Honor Oak area. One thing that seems lacking is a children's playground in a nice park. Horniman park is nice but we didn't see any playground there. Are there facilities in the area for young kids?
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Posted on Friday, 29 August, 2003 - 12:08 pm:   

There is a very large park with excellent and new (March 2003) childrens play park in Honor Oak just next to the station. Also is a play park at Peckham Rye - only a 10 min walk from Honor Oak.
John Bannister
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Posted on Saturday, 30 August, 2003 - 11:55 am:   

Sydenham Wells Park has a play area for young children, and there may be something in Mayo Park too.
a concerned mother
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Posted on Thursday, 03 June, 2004 - 07:30 pm:   

lets face it this place is a dump there's just nothing for kids.
thats why i'm moving to peckham so my son can at least get into some fights and get into a multi worldwide drugs ring.
Forest HillBilly
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Posted on Thursday, 03 June, 2004 - 08:01 pm:   

I agree with A Concerned Mother.........there's no greenery around here at all. It's concrete high rise slumsville. It would be nice if one day some kind soul donated a museum and gardens, of a quality found in very few places in the UK, never mind London,but as that's unlikely you're better off staying where you are, in Grimsby.
Ps: You might always try North London, if desperate. Most folk up there think they should be somewhere better too. I've photographed a couple of them to sell on ebay. No offers as yet.
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Posted on Monday, 07 June, 2004 - 08:25 am:   

The play area in Honour Oak Park - whilst new-ish, is pretty grim for kids. Surrounded on all sides by the cemetary, which seems to be closing in on it fast. When on the few occasions I've taken my kids there, it seems 0pretty secluded and I've not felt very safe at all.

Anything could happen there and no-one would know about it!!
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Posted on Monday, 07 June, 2004 - 08:02 pm:   

Isn't there a playground in the grounds opposite the Horniman museum, or have I imagined it?
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Posted on Monday, 07 June, 2004 - 09:52 pm:   

Yes, there is a playground opposite the museum, which is actually part of Horniman's - is okish, though gets very muddy in wetter months. Very good large playground in Dulwich Park, reasonable one in Crystal Palace Park. Really pleasant small playground in Alexandra Park in Sydenham/Penge borders - lots of trees on a hot day. So several to choose from, if you don't mind a short journey in any direction.
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Posted on Saturday, 20 November, 2004 - 09:33 pm:   

As a user of Honor Oak playground I like being surrounded by greenery away from car fumes and have never found the cemetery threatening,in fact I have taken many walks around it. The busy allotments are next door adding to the rural feel. The tatty old changing rooms have recently been demolished. It is safe cycling for small kids too.
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Posted on Monday, 22 November, 2004 - 05:37 pm:   

The play area in Dulwich Park is about as good as it gets, although a bit posh (my humble working class black country routes surfacting agin), much more fun at Peckham Rye, generally a more interesting and wild park than manicured Dulwich and think they are doing up the adventure playground - spose will have something on it.

Park by Hornimans is fine albeit a plague burial ground methinks (story line for Steven King). You'll get a mix of allsorts whatever, but the kid hard drug dealers are probably further down the road.

Also check out Nunhead Cemetery. Seriously.

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