£400k play parks investment

COUNCILLORS have approved over £400,000 of spending on new play parks at six Inverclyde locations.

Members of the council’s environment and regeneration committee have given the green light for facilities to be built at Wellpark and Craigend in Greenock, Coronation Park and Birkmyre Avenue in Port Glasgow and King Street and Lunderston Bay in Gourock.

The six new play parks are expected to cost £416k.

Once they are completed there will be 32 inclusive play areas across the district.

Councillor Michael McCormick, Inverclyde Council’s convener of environment and regeneration, said: “We’re continuing to lead the way in investing in our play areas, especially making them more inclusive for children and young people of all ages and abilities.

“Earlier this year we spent £200k making 13 sites more accessible and these six new play parks will build on that further. 

“The Lunderston Bay development in particular will be really special as a ‘destination’ play area that will enhance the visitor experience and encourage people near and far to discover Inverclyde and the many great things we have to offer.”

There are currently 53 council-owned play areas across Inverclyde – an increase of eight over the last 10 years – and a further 16 facilities in housing estates that are not managed or maintained by the local authority.

Twenty-eight council sites now have inclusive play equipment compared to five in 2019.

The Lunderston Bay development will be the jewel in the crown as a ‘destination’ play area costing £195k.

It will be built near to the visitor centre, toilets and changing facilities and have nature and maritime themes.

At Coronation Park, there will be additional inclusive play equipment added to the existing play area and a new accessible outdoor gym for adults will be installed.

The developments at Wellpark and Craigend will see the existing play areas renewed while the sites at Birkmyre Avenue and King Street will see improvements made to the surfaces and to make them more accessible.