Rochford – Ashingdon – Hullbridge – Hawkwell East – Canewdon – Stambridge

Children can now enjoy an exciting new play area which has opened at Hawkwell Common, providing opportunities for adventurous and imaginative play.

Rochford District Council made use of the lockdown period to remove ageing equipment from the site, replacing it with a stimulating new play area designed to encourage children’s creativity.

It features two new climbing frames with a choice of routes to ‘scramble up’, bridges to cross, and slides to race down. There are also various types of swings (including a net swing and platform swing) a see-saw and a roundabout which children can now use to keep active and have fun.

This is part of an overhaul of play areas across the Rochford District, worth up to £1 million, which will provide exciting new structures and play trails. You can find out more about the sites listed for a revamp at

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cllr Arthur Williams, said: “The local children in our community have shown amazing resilience over the lockdown period; adapting to new routines, home learning and even new forms of exercise and activity. It is great that they have now been getting back into our play areas, while being mindful of good hygiene practice and social distancing.

“We hope that this state-of-the-art play equipment at Hawkwell Common will be well received by local families, and that children have some well-deserved fun at the other play areas which form part of this upgrade programme.”

Rochford District Council 15/09/20