The first phase of a major upgrade of a Mossend park is complete ahead of schedule.
A £130,000 seven-a-side 3G pitch and running track have been constructed at the Hope Street site and children are already making use of it, despite the poor weather.
A task group led by Mossend and Holytown councillor Frank McNally secured £240,000 from North Lanarkshire Council earlier this year.
The investment will also see an additional £100,000 spent on upgrading the other play facilities in the park.
The second phase of the project will commence after youngsters return to school next month to allow them to have their say on the final design of the play park.
Councillor McNally said:“I am delighted that phase one of our project has been completed ahead of schedule.
“Despite the dreich weather, local children have already been making good use of this terrific facility, and I know our schools will too.
“In late 2012 I took part in a litter pick in the old ash park with kids from Holy Family Primary. The park was in a terrible state and I knew then we had to take action to secure better facilities for our young people.
“The transformation is amazing and it will only get better when the new play park is completed.
“I know many of the children have great ideas for the play park and I am looking forward to seeing their vision becoming a reality.”