White Water Rafting Centre, Lee Valley Country Park

Lee Valley White Water Centre was built for the canoe slalom events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It opened to the public in April 2011 and reopened post Olympics in September 2012 and has in that time established itself as a popular white water rafting destination.

Green Play Project won a design and build tender to create an engaging and enjoyable children’s play area at Lee Valley White Water Centre to be popular with a market of young families with children aged between 2 and 6 years old.

The brief was to provide a low maintenance play area that reflected the theme of the venue. We have created a space that aims to take children on a thrilling adventure along the white water river rapids through a series of engaging and open ended play elements such as logs, islands and rafts.

The river runs through the play area in the form of a blue safety surface.

A cedar picket fence to match the timber used near the pavilion.

Lee Valley Park Authority - Play Area - White Water Rapid - Natural play area - public park play area

A carved beaver sits above his timber, there are chew marks on the cedar logs.

Lee Valley Park Authority - Play Area - White Water Rapid - Natural play area - public park play area

A stainless steel slide represents a waterfall into the water.

Lee Valley Park Authority - Play Area - White Water Rapid - Natural play area - public park play area

The beaver dam balance trail links the islands together in a dry route over the water below.

Lee Valley Park Authority - Play Area - White Water Rapid - Natural play area - public park play area

The islands and rafts provide hang out spaces.

Lee Valley Park Authority - Play Area - White Water Rapid - Natural play area - public park play area

A wet pour safety surface represents the river and provides a robust and low maintenance surface.

Lee Valley Park Authority - Play Area - White Water Rapid - Natural play area - public park play area

A wet pour safety surface represents the river and provides a robust and low maintenance surface.

Lee Valley Park Authority - Play Area - White Water Rapid - Natural play area - public park play area