New playpark is in full swing after official opening

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Children, parents, community leaders and politicians gathered for the official unveiling of a new £93,000 village playpark.

The Bothlyn Burn Playpark in Moodiesburn is a major upgrade of the old park, which lay derelict.

It marks two years of hard work by Sharon Nicol and Gayle McGovern, members of the Playpark Committee, which is part of Moodiesburn Community Development Trust.

Children at Glenmanor and St Michael’s primaries took part in a consultation to say what they would like to see in the new facility.

The park now has an area for toddlers, which includes a house, trampoline, seesaw, swings and a roundabout.

In the older children’s section, there’s a zip wire, climbing unit, hammock and big slide.

There’s also picnic benches and seats.

Funding for the project was secured from WREN and North Lanarkshire Council.

Sharon said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the playpark is now open.

“Local people have said how good it is to see kids playing there. It’s for locals to take ownership of and a place for the community to met and come together.

“There a green area round about the park which we hope to develop in the future.”

Sharon added: “We couldn’t have done it without the support of WREN and the council’s play services.”

School pupils were asked to come up with a name for the new playpark.

Aidan Fitzpatrick, a P7 pupil at St Michael’s Primary, thought up the name - Bothlyn Burn Playpark.

The sign was designed by P5 pupil at St Glenmanor Primary, Aaron Scott.