A COMMUNITY centre's 50th birthday will be celebrated by the official opening of an ambitious £60,000 adventure playground.
During the last three months, the Venture Centre, in Wornington Green Estate, Wornington Road, North Kensington, has been a hive of activity.
Its wooden adventure playground, thought to be the oldest in London, has been given an impressive makeover.
Giant slides, treehouses, climbing walls, a medieval fort and even an upturned cabin made out of a boat now cover the site.
Children's services manager Terry Moloney, 35, is delighted with the transformation, which will entertain more than 100 five to 15-year-olds each day.
On Friday, speaking from the top of the towering structure, he said: "This is a massive improvement.
"We are in one of the top three per cent most-deprived areas of the country and 123 kids came through the centre last night.
"It makes it even more special that it's our anniversary year."
Mr Moloney added the Venture Centre first opened in 1959 as one of the country's first 'junkyard playgrounds'.
Youngsters brought neighbourhood scrap to the site to play with.
In a snapshot of the borough's history, archive footage shows teenagers being given boxing gloves to settle disputes.
"Three to four generations have come to the Venture Centre," added Mr Moloney, who grew up in nearby Westbourne Park.
"Adults have been coming in recently to a have a look. I think it's an excuse to go down the slide."
A celebratory children's Easter egg hunt and barbecue will be held from 4pm on Wednesday, April 15. The new structures will be officially opened by the deputy mayor, Cllr Shireen Richie, at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome.
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