In­clu­sive play­park re­sults un­veiled

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

A Cas­tle Dou­glas play­park is set for a £125,000 up­grade.

The area at Mar­ket Hill came top in a poll of seven po­ten­tial sites for new, in­clu­sive equip­ment.

It’s one of four sites in the re­gion in line for im­prove­ments. Mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee will be told the re­sults of a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion to­day.

More than 1,200 peo­ple took part, 288 in Cas­tle Dou­glas. Of those, 55 were peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity or car­ers for some­one with one.

Mar­ket Hill was their favoured site, just ahead of Lochside Park. Key re­quire­ments in­cluded equip­ment for all ages and abil­i­ties and a Chang­ing Places toi­let.

Con­sul­tees also wanted to see paths well main­tained and sen­sory loss and other dis­abil­i­ties con­sid­ered as well as wheel­chair ac­cess.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors states it is hoped all four new parks will be open by the end of March, 2020.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Andy Fer­gu­son said: “It’s great to see such a high level of re­sponse to the sur­vey. This high­lights the con­sid­er­able in­ter­est and sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment of in­clu­sive play­parks in com­mu­ni­ties.”

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