Two playgrounds in Croydon have been upgraded with new play equipment ready for the summer.

The recently refurbished playgrounds, part of a council program to renovate play areas throughout the borough, were opened last week by Executive Mayor Jason Perry and Councillor Scott Roche, the cabinet member for streets and environment.

Selsdon Recreation Park, near Selsdon Wood, now has a new climbing frame, slide, and a mini scooter track.

The second playground at the north end of Purley Way Playing Fields, off Waddon Way, celebrates the nearby Croydon Airport, which was the UK’s first international airport.

The playground now has a large aeroplane climbing frame and a trail dedicated to Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly from London to Australia.

After opening the refurbished playgrounds, Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon, said: "I am delighted to open two more playgrounds in the borough for children to play.

"I am really impressed with the design, and they are a big upgrade from the old playgrounds.

"I hope residents agree and they take their children to the new areas which have been completed just in time for summer."

Following the opening of Canterbury Road and Whitehorse Road Recreation Grounds last month, these upgrades are part of the Playground Investment Programme, funded by contributions from local developers and capital funding.

Those wanting to be more involved with their park are encouraged to join a local Friends of Park group at