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Playpark revamp winning design unveiled

By Alan Beresford

THE winning design for a revamp Ian Johnston Park playpark has been announced.

The winning design for Ian Johnston Park playpark by Wicksteed.
The winning design for Ian Johnston Park playpark by Wicksteed.

Following a period of voting in which both schools and local community groups were involved the winner has been announced as Wicksteed.

The news was welcomed by the town's three councillors Tim Eagle, Gordon Cowie and Sonya Warren.

Councillor Eagle said: “I have felt Ian Johnston Park needed some upgrades for some time and so I welcome this funding and the ability to put in place a new park.

"All the designs had really good elements to them and the voting was very close with only a handful of votes between the top three designs. This design though looks really nice and has a range of activities which can be used by younger and older children.

"Ian Johnston Park is a central point in our town which many people see throughout the week, I am keen to look beyond just the playpark and look at options for the old pavilion and the tennis courts. I have approached Sports Scotland already about making the tennis courts into multi-use courts and perhaps trying to re-open the pavilion."

Councillor Cowie said he was looking forward to seeing the revamped playpark.

"It's good to hear this project has been well received by the public, community and schools who all voted.

"This design caters for young and old so I'm looking forward to getting the equipment installed. This park was the brainchild of Mr Ian Johnston and it will be good to see it revitalised to its former glory as over the years the equipment has aged and in need of replacement. I hope with this investment it will be a park children will enjoy for years to come.

Councillor Warren added: "It's good to see this major step forward in the project to breathe new life into Ian Johnston Park.

"With the current equipment passed the end of its safe working life this is coming at just the right time.

"I look forward to seeing the revamped playpark up and running."

Funding for the project is to come from a £43,000 grants awarded from Scottish Government town centre regeneration funding.

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