More playpark refurbishments completed around city

Major refurbishments to several playparks around Aberdeen have been finished just before or during the Easter holidays as part of a rolling programme to improve the equipment all over the city.

Persley Court and Oldtown Terrace were finally completed just before the school holidays started, and the work at Duthie Park is finished and the fencing has come down at Devenick Place.

There is still a small amount of work to be carried out at Devenick Place including installing seats but the priority was to get the playpark opened during the school holidays.

The Duthie Park swings were scheduled to be finished before the start of the holidays however there was a delay of a week after wet and snowy weather.

Aberdeen City Council operations delivery convener Councillor John Wheeler said: “We know how much fun the youngsters (and adults they take with them) have with the refurbished playparks around the city so I’m delighted more have been completed for the Easter break.

“Several of the contractors involved made a huge effort to get the sites complete so the children could enjoy the new equipment while they’re off school.

“I hope the weather will improve for the rest of the Easter holidays but in any case, I’m sure our city’s youngsters will make excellent use of the playparks in the coming months and years.”

The refurbishments are part of a rolling programme which has taken place over several years and also includes an annual play equipment audit.

The refurbishments of playparks started in 2013/14 and have continued in a rolling programme since then, with officers ensuring they are spaced out around the city. A total of £1.3million is being spent refurbishing play parks in 2017/18.

The refurbishment of the playparks were taken forward on a priority basis, while ensuring there is an even spread to communities all over the city.