Children's play on St Mary's Island
St Mary’s Island currently has three children’s play areas: all are owned and maintained by Chatham Maritime Trust.
The three play areas – Shark Park, Starfish and Tadpoles reopened on 7th August 2020 with safety measures in place and as at April 2021 remain open.
THE PLAY PARKS HAVE BEEN MONITORED BY CCTV OVER THE WEEKEND OF THE 21ST AND 22ND MARCH TO SEE HOW THESE ARE BEING USED BY THE PUBLIC. IT IS CLEAR THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES ARE NOT BEING OBSERVED WITHIN THE PLAY PARKS. FURTHERMORE, CHATHAM MARITIME TRUST CONSIDERS THE RISKS OF POTENTIALLY SPREADING THE VIRUS ARE INCREASED BY THE CONSTANT USE OF THE PLAY EQUIPMENT BY CHILDREN. THE DECISION HAS THEREFORE BEEN TAKEN TO CLOSE THE PARKS EFFECTIVE MONDAY 23RD MARCH 2020. SIGNAGE WILL BE DISPLAYED ON THE ENTRANCE TO EACH PARK CONFIRMING THE REASONS FOR CLOSURE. WE WISH TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING IN SUCH UNPRECEDENTED CIRCUMSTANCES.
The Shark Park
Situated on the central walkway running north from The Stones roundabout, the Shark Park offers a kiddies’ area plus a games court for older children and teens. This includes cradle swings, flat seat swings, rolling beam, dizzy discs, multi-play unit for toddlers, ball game post, climbing frame – space net and basketball court. A table tennis table was installed in July 2018 in readiness for the summer holidays.
In August 2021 outdoor exercise equipment was installed. It is important that you read the instructions on each item before use. Please be aware the minimum height required to use the equipment safely is 140cm.
This playground in Restharrow Way is suitable for kids ages 3-5 years.
This includes spring bird, equipment slide, cradle swings, spring seesaw, roundabout and recreational timbers.
This play area located in Bradfords Close was transferred to Chatham Maritime Trust at the end of July 2012 and following maintenance works was opened on the 17th August. It caters for children 3-12 years of age.
This includes monkey bars, shaking chain bridge, bay flat swings and swing barriers, hoop walk and scramble arch.
A number of play areas are due to be incorporated into Countryside’s latest development – named Azure. There are plans to include a Multi Games Area, a Local Area of Play and a Neighbourhood Area equipped for play.