Philiphaugh Community School has been awarded £248,750 to help update and expand the neighbouring Bannerfield Play Park.
The revamped park will feature a large, all-weather, multi-use games area (MUGA), new play equipment and a network of tarmac walkways, connecting to footpaths being constructed as part of the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.
Bannerfield Active, as the project is called, is being led by Philiphaugh Community School and was made possible by a grant from Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s Community Spaces scheme – part of a wider £10million investment to 59 projects across Scotland.
Grace Frew, school headteacher, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole school and the local community. The children have been very much involved and are very excited that funding has been awarded.”
The older of the park’s two existing swing sets will be removed for new play equipment. Pupils, parents and local residents were asked what they would like most in the revitalised space, with swings, monkey bars, slides and a zip wire proving popular choices.
The MUGA, measuring 29m x 14m, will be suitable for sports, including football, hockey and basketball.
Four other Borders projects share a further £649,792 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces Scotland scheme – including Morebattle Village Hall (£81,849) and Fountainhall Village Hall (£250,000).