£200k accessible playparks work complete

THIRTEEN play parks across Inverclyde are now more accessible for children of all abilities thanks to a £200,000 council investment.

Contractors working on behalf of the local authority have now completed the installation of new wheelchair-friendly ramps and roundabouts at sites in Greenock, Port Glasgow, Gourock, Kilmacolm, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay.

The project got underway in January and was officially completed on Friday (19 March).

The council has spent around £100k on the equipment with a similar amount for the installations and associated works, such as fencing, paving and surfacing.

Councillor Michael McCormick, Inverclyde Council’s convener of environment and regeneration, said: “The completion of these 

Councillor Michael McCormick with new inclusive playpark equipment
Councillor McCormick with some of the accessible playpark equipment prior to installation.

improvements means we now have more accessible playparks for our children and young people to enjoy just in time for the longer days and, hopefully, better weather in the coming weeks and months.

“The phased nature of the works meant some of the playparks were ready before others and were quickly put to good use and the initial feedback so far has been extremely positive from our children and families.”

The playparks included in this project are: 

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

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

Accessible playpark at Coronation Park in Port Glasgow
New accessible playpark equipment at Coronation Park in Port Glasgow

Gourock – Cove Road, Walled Gardens, King Street.

Kilmacolm – West Glen Park.

Inverkip – Cullen Crescent.

Wemyss Bay – Community Centre.