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There was uproar among residents last year when Battersea Park in south London turned over part of its much-loved – if slightly dilapidated – adventure playground to a private company, Go Ape.
After a year in situ, it has only reached 25 per cent capacity.
But Lydia Ragoonanan, programme manager for the charity Nesta’s Rethinking Parks project, says innovations that don’t work are just as important to trial as those that do.
It was an immediate hit, with thousands flocking to visit every Sunday and Wednesday.
Before long, similar parks were cropping up around the country, from Victoria Park in Hackney, which was designed to alleviate the terrible health among dock workers, to Birkenhead Park in the Wirral.But the area of parks remains the same and the public expectation as to the quality of the parks remains the same.