Motherwell park set for new play area

PROGRESS: the previous structure has already been removed.
PROGRESS: the previous structure has already been removed.

Work is under way on a new play area at Motherwell’s Calder Park after North Lanarkshire Council announced £89,000 worth of funding.

The five-figure sum will see the previous area, which was almost 20 years old, replaced with a new modern design boasting a variety of features.

The Motherwell Local Area Partnership is contributing £59,000 with Play Services (via Learning and Leisure Capital budget) funding the remaining £30,000.

Michele Battersby, local regeneration manager, explained: “The park has long been popular with local residents and the existing play area has been a focal point for local children for the past 20 years but had come to the end of its life.

“Members of the public approached their local councillors to make improvements at the park and, following a site visit with them, the joint funding has been approved.

“This substantial investment will allow the creation of a modern and exciting new play space and encourage children to make the most of their local outdoor spaces.”

The design includes a large scale rope climbing unit, grass mounds, see saws, Springer’s, a rope swing, a five person swing bay and a dedicated toddler area.

The latest rubber mulch safety surface will be used for path access and below rope climbing elements to increase access to the site in all weathers.

Work is expected to be complete in time for the school summer holidays.

CultureNL Play Services are supporting the delivery of the project on site and will run free Pop out to Play sessions between 2pm-4pm on Tuesday, July 14, 21 and 28 and Tuesday, August 5.

Ross Dunn, Play Services Officer, added: “We’re offering additional play activities and encourage as many children as possible to visit the new site and experience the play area.”