Aerial walkway in Battersea Park adventure playground put to tender
A private company will charge children to use an aerial walkway as part of new equipment to be installed at Battersea Park adventure playground.
Councillors have agreed to put the service to tender and introduce controversial "pay to play" charges in the playground.
Plans are in place to install an aerial walkway above the playground, with the fee to be decided when the tender is chosen.
Councillor Kathy Tracey, cabinet member for children's services, said the main adventure playground would be free to use.
She said: "There will be concessions during the school holidays and various occasions.
"We will have to wait and see how it pans out, if it comes together by the summer it will be terrific.
"We have such a mixed community that use it in the summer, it will become an attraction."
A full council meeting this month saw councillors also deciding to close six one o'clock centres across the borough to make way for centres providing compulsory nursery places.
The one o'clock centre in Battersea Park, which has an additional building, is being converted to a café with extra services, alongside a nursery site.
Bolingbroke, Windmill, Coronation Gardens, Fontley Way and King George's Park clubs will also be affected.
It comes after the government is making it obligatory for councils to provide nursery places for disadvantaged two-year-olds.
A consultation is being arranged to see if stay and play services can remain at some of the centres.
Alex Sykes, community manager of Made For Mums Wandsworth, said: "The One O'Clock clubs will be sorely missed.
"They were a haven for young families providing a safe and stimulating environment for young children to play in and a welcoming place for parents to meet, chat and get advice from the highly qualified and experienced centre staff."
Battersea Park adventure playground is set to re-open in the Easter holidays, with the selected tender to be announced at a later date.