Play park projects in Renfrewshire set for £107k windfall from council

Four play park projects across Renfrewshire could be in line for a £107,000 council windfall.

The projects all aim to improve play and exercise opportunities for young people, families, and adults alike.

Councillors are getting ready to consider the applications to the Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund.

An investment of £50,000 in Paisley’s Glencoats Park would facilitate phase two of its transformation which is being led by the award-winning Pals of the Privies volunteer group.

A 2.8 metre tower with multiple play options, a cantilever swing and outdoor gym equipment would be installed to attract teenagers and adults, with phase one of the project already seeing a variety of play equipment for young children and families in place.

Barwood Park, in Erskine, could benefit from £40,000 which would be used to provide new equipment for young people to assist their play and learning, while a zip slide would be installed too if Erskine Outdoor Play and Leisure’s application is approved.

Multi-use play equipment would be introduced to Dunvegan Park, in Elderslie, as the community council aims to provide equipment for young people aged six to 12, while Spateston TARA has applied for £7,000 to replace the well-used goalposts in the local park as the first step of a wider project to transform the park in the near future.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “This fund has already delivered some outstanding projects across Renfrewshire which have greatly enhanced the play opportunities for young people and families, as well as making improvements to our parks and open spaces which during these current times have become so important to us all.

“I look forward to considering the latest set of applications to this innovative fund at the next board meeting on March 16.”

The £1.87milllion fund aims to let communities change the areas where they live for the better by supporting them with advice and investment to improve underused or neglected green spaces and take forward projects which will strengthen the character, identity and heritage of their local community.

To ensure that funding can be allocated appropriately, all interested groups and individuals are asked to submit their applications by March 31, after which viable projects will be prioritised.

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Daily Record – Paisley