Swings and roundabouts as areas benefit from cash splash

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HAPPY days are ahead for hundreds of local children thanks to a £250,000 investment in play equipment across East Dunbartonshire.

A total of 13 play areas have been improved over the last year – with work done to replace old or damaged equipment, upgrade safety surfaces and generally refurbish the sites.

The play area in Woodhill Park has been transformed with the help of pupils from Auchinairn Primary – just one example of what has been happening across the area.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the development and infrastructure committee, said: “Who better to help design a play area than the children themselves?

“We got a few options from equipment providers and gave pupils the chance to say what they would like, what they felt they would use and how it should look.

“The result is that where we used to have a few swings and not much more, we now have a fantastic play experience with modern, colourful equipment.

“There are spinners, a climbing frame, slide, new-look swings, a net tower and a well-stocked toddler area.

“I’m delighted that a further £500,000 has been set aside over the next five years so that more of our 70 play parks and play areas can benefit.”

The head teacher of Auchinairn Primary, Garry Graham, added: “This was an excellent project for the children to be involved in. Being allowed to help shape the play area has given them a sense of ownership and they understand the importance of looking after what they have helped to create.

“The process also demonstrated to the children that their views are valued and they have a role in their local community.”

The play equipment was provided by Wicksteed, who also carried out drainage work on site and added a Tarmac path to improve access. Other play areas which have benefited include: Angus Avenue in Bishopbriggs, Lennox Crescent in Bishopbriggs,

Doune Crescent in Bishopbriggs, Meadowburn Park in Bishopbriggs, Springfield Park in Bishopbriggs, Thornwood Avenue in Kirkintilloch, Tintock Road in Kirkintilloch, Kincaid Park in Milton of Campsie, Firbank Avenue in Torrance and Twechar Public Park. The £250,000 was made up of £150,000 from the council’s capital programme and £100,000 from developer contributions secured by the council through the planning process.

Pictured with pupils at the opening are Angus Mackintosh and Tom Burke from Wicksteed Leisure, greenspace officer Audrey Hardie and Councillor Alan Moir.

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