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.
Users of Baby Shark Park should note that replacement seats for the climbing frame are on order but this does not prevent the area from being used.
Update as at 23rd July 2020:
As residents will be aware, all the publicly owned play areas across Medway are now open to the public. Since the Government provided further guidance on opening and operation/maintenance, the Trust has been reviewing the guidance and working through the implications of opening the 3 play areas. Unfortunately the guidance is particularly onerous for private owned play areas compared to the fairly relaxed guidance for publicly owned ones. This has meant that the Trust has had to look at putting safety and security measures in place in addition to those required for public play areas, resulting in the delay in opening the SMI play areas.
The Trust has received many enquiries on the issue. We wish to assure residents that it is our intention to open the play areas as soon as it is practically possible once we are able to make the necessary provisions to ensure that we adhere to the Government guidance imposed upon us. We would ask residents for their patience while the Trust’s Estates Team completes the safety/security review and implementation process. We hope to confirm next week the opening date and necessary restrictions and control measures that will be put into place.
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.
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.