But as this 2009 award shows the Charlie Chaplin playground has bounced back nicely:
"Beverley Salmon, senior playworker at Charlie Chaplin, said: "It's absolutely fantastic news for everyone here at Charlie Chaplin. We work very hard to make it a fun-filled and enjoyable experience for all.
"This is our second year as an independent voluntary run playground managed by Chaplin Trustees, it's been hard work but totally worth it.
"Charlie Chaplin has a large dedicated and highly supportive staff team with a vibrant family atmosphere. The team spirit, drive and passion for play make it a pleasure for me as playground manager.
"Charlie Chaplin is a very special place, a busy energetic environment with the constant roar of children laughing, playing and simply being themselves. We would like to say a big thank you from all the kids, staff, committee and all Chaplin supporters."
Melian Mansfield, chair of London Play, said: "We are delighted that the winner of the 2009 Adventure Playground of the Year Award, chosen by children, is the Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground in Lambeth." - Community Newswire Press
The BBC report from a few years ago when things were on the edge: