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Buckie play park revamp to start


By Alan Beresford

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WORK on a new £43,000 play park in Buckie will begin next week.

An artist's impression of how the revamped play park will look.
An artist's impression of how the revamped play park will look.

Funded by the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund, work was due to be under way already to replace the play equipment at Ian Johnston Park in the town. However, because of the pandemic, this work was delayed.

It’s now scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 28 and, with favourable ground conditions, the majority of it will re-open just a few weeks later.

Residents are asked to stay away while the work is being undertaken. In the meantime, the closest alternative park for families to enjoy is within Linzee Gordon Park.

Most of the existing equipment is being removed, however the space net and a set of cradle swings will remain and be refurbished shortly. More than 20 different play elements will be installed, including swings, climbing frame, see saw and zipline. There will also be accessible equipment so all children can enjoy the park.

Local ward member, Councillor Sonya Warren, said the investment would provide long-term community benefits.

“I know how welcome the regeneration of this play park is for families.

"While the work has unfortunately been delayed due to circumstances outwith our control, it will be worth the wait and I and many others are looking forward to seeing residents and visitors to Buckie make the most of the new play equipment for many years to come.”

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