Earlston playtime gets much brighter

Children in Earlston are now able to enjoy playing in the recently upgraded play park in the town's East End on equipment they helped to choose.
Children in Earlston are now able to enjoy playing in the recently upgraded play park in the town's East End on equipment they helped to choose.
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CHILDREN in Earlston are “overjoyed” with the town’s recently upgraded play park which features new equipment they helped to choose.

The Earlston Community Development Trust undertook a consultation which identified play provision as a priority and sought ideas for improvement.

Children in Earlston are now able to enjoy playing in the recently upgraded play park in the town's East End on equipment they helped to choose.

Children in Earlston are now able to enjoy playing in the recently upgraded play park in the town's East End on equipment they helped to choose.

The play park at East Green had been in place for a number of years and was in need of updating as the equipment, dating back to the early 1990s, was showing its age.

Dougie Mallin, parks development officer (neighbourhood services) at Scottish Borders Council (SBC), worked with the trust to select a preferred design. This process involved local children who were asked to vote for the lay-out they liked best.

The selected design incorporates five new pieces of equipment, along with new picnic tables and benches supplied by SBC’s criminal justice team. The installation and upgrading of the play park took place last month and, since then, the new faciliyties have been enthusiastically received, according to the trust’s Lucy Couper.

“The park is a wonderful success,” said Lucy. “All the children are overjoyed with the new equipment and the park is always busy. On behalf of the trust, I’d like to thank Dougie Mallin for all his hard work in helping us achieve this great place for the children to play.”

Councillor Len Wyse, SBC’s executive member for environmental services, added: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Dougie and the people of Earlston for working together to deliver a great new play park for the town. This is a really good example of what working together can achieve and their efforts are to be commended.”

The Earlston Community Development Trust was established to create and run a community centre for the benefit of the parish of Earlston and to improve the leisure, sport and educational opportunities for all members of the community. For further information, go to www.earlston.org