£200k playpark work begins

WORK has started on a £200,000 project to install equipment at several Inverclyde playparks to make them more accessible for children of all abilities.

The council investment will see 13 sites across the district upgraded with either a wheelchair-friendly roundabout, play ramp or a mixture of both.

The work is permitted under the current coronavirus restrictions.

The park at Birkmyre Avenue in Port Glasgow is first up this week with the other 12 sites to follow between now and March.

Councillor Michael McCormick, Inverclyde Council’s convener of environment and regeneration, said: “While it’s not the weather to go out and play, the improvements being carried out now means our children and young people will be able to enjoy more accessible playparks when conditions are better.

Councillor Michael McCormick with new inclusive playpark equipment
Councillor Michael McCormick with some of the new accessible play equipment for Inverclyde playparks. (Photo taken before introduction of recent Covid-19 restrictions)

“This i(s a fantastic investment by the council to increase inclusivity and will be beneficial to young people of all abilities.

“In the meantime, we must all stay at home as much as possible to try and slow the spread of the virus.

“Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we can enjoy things like our playparks more fully.”

The project has been delayed slightly because of the pandemic but work was finally able to get underway on Monday (11 January).

Inverclyde Council has spent around £100k on the equipment with a similar amount for the installations and associated works, such as fence, path and surface alterations.

The playparks included in this project are:  

Greenock – Watt Street, Battery Park, Wellpark, Overton.

Port Glasgow – Birkmyre Avenue, Craigmarloch School, Coronation Park.

Gourock – Cove Road, Walled Gardens, King Street, Cullen Crescent.

Kilmacolm – West Glen Park.

Wemyss Bay – Community Centre.