Wednesday 23 May 2012 5.28am
To be honest, I disagree with most of what you say, but some of that is just going to come down to subjective opinion. Living next to the park, however, I can certainly say that the new playground is extremely popular with local children, most of whom don't need to travel there by car. The park has been open since the beginning of the Easter holidays and there haven't been any serious injuries.
Regarding your third point, the pools of water (which were there after the record rainfall of April, but which have now soaked away) are a deliberate part of the design, preventing surface water run off and allowing the water to slowly soak into the ground providing water to the plants and trees. The ditches are known as swales and they are a standard water conservation technique.
In the new park, the hills and swales over a large area of open land behind the playground have been designed so that rain water gradually filters into the lake helping keep the water level high without having to add tap water as was previously necessary despite the fact it cost a lot of money, lowered the water quality and resulted in blooms of toxic algae.
I've used the table tennis tables without injury. They may not be up to Olympic standard, after all they are outside and wind is more of an issue than the slight slope, but they're fine for a fun knock around.