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New Playpark Opens In Airdrie


Whinhall youngsters are jumping for joy following the official opening of a new £144,000 play park. 'The Glen' features a cable runway, multi-activity unit including slides and rope bridges, seesaw, springers and a wheelchair-accessible roundabout.

Also in place at the new facility on Wilson Street are a bike track, picnic tables and flat and basket swings; while a trampoline and swing with cradle seats will be installed in the near future.

The ribbon-cutting at the official opening was carried out by St Andrew’s Primary pupil Rebecca McKenna, who designed the colourful sign for the play park.

Airdrie Central councillors Jim Logue, David Stocks and Peter Sullivan were also all in attendance, along with community representatives.

Whinhall Action Group were instrumental in the formation of the play park, which benefited from a £50,000 grant from waste recycling environmental fund WREN, plus cash from North Lanarkshire’s Council and support from its play services and community learning and development departments.

Action group representative Joanne Boyle said: “It’s going to make a real difference to children in our area; we’re extremely grateful for the funding and support in the development this project.”

WREN’s grants manager for Scotland, Sophie Cade, said: “WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families.

“The Glen community play area will provide a fantastic space for youngsters to get outdoors and have some fun, and we’re delighted to support Whinhall Action Group to make this happen.”

Councillor Logue added: “Local children and the wider community have the play area they deserve and can be proud of; we hope to see lots of families here enjoying themselves.”