New play park is fun-tastic

Councillor Ashay Ghai and Gordon Strain from East Dunbartonshire Council at the new  play park in Waterside
Councillor Ashay Ghai and Gordon Strain from East Dunbartonshire Council at the new play park in Waterside

Children in the Waterside area of Kirkintilloch are in for a summer of fun, thanks to a revamped playground in Dromore Street.

The new community facility was upgraded as part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s five-year Capital Play Programme.

The majority of funding for the project came from WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects.

Located just off Waterside Road, the play park incorporates a wide range of play equipment with a dedicated toddler play area as well as facilities for older children including swings and climbing frames.

Deputy council leader, Councillor Ashay Ghai, said: “I am delighted to open this fantastic play area, which I am sure is going to be a much-welcomed amenity for local children and families.

“Our sincere thanks go to WREN who made this project possible, supplying an amazing £49,000 in funding.

“This is nothing short of a transformation. What was here before was a big unused space, run-down and probably forty years old. This has been replaced with a colourful, safe and exciting play area for children of all ages and I’m sure the local community will be thrilled.”

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN said: “Dromore Play Park is a welcome addition to the WREN funded facilities in Kirkintilloch, and adds to our investment in the skate park already established and thriving in the community. 

He added: “The WREN panel in Scotland wants to see local community input and benefit from the projects we fund, and this project stands out as an excellent partnership of East Dunbartonshire Council and WREN achieving this.”