The main phase of a major £2.25million investment in Renfrewshire’s parks and opens spaces has been completed.
Works to create a modern, family friendly environment has seen £2million invested in a number of improvements to the two main parks in the area.
Two wheelchair-accessible swings have been installed in Paisley’s Barshaw Park and Renfrew’s Robertson Park to ensure an inclusive setting for young people is available in the popular community spaces.
Ava, 6 tries out the new slide at Barshaw Park when it opened last year
Brand-new, state-of-the-art playgrounds have also been created in each park with the aim of improving children’s health, learning and social inclusion by providing them with stimulating play equipment.
The first castle structure of its kind in the world has been constructed in Robertson Park, with the unique three-tower construction containing a rappelling wall, rung ladder, hand over hand monkey bars, vertical climbing net and two separate styles of rope traverse.
The investment has also seen a number of significant upgrades made to pathways, roads and drainage systems to improve the park’s resistance to inclement weather and provide a safe space for the public to enjoy all year round.
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that the works to the facilities in both Barshaw Park and Robertson Park are complete and they have made a significant difference to our two main community parks.
“The new play equipment, including the wheelchair accessible swings, will provide a safe, positive environment for our young people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, with the new wheelchair-accessible swing in Robertson Park
“This coupled with the improvements to the pathways and drainage means these parks will provide a fantastic space for the community to utilise for years to come.”
A further £250,000 is set to be invested in five neighbourhood parks to enhance the visitor experience and provide a fun, exciting environment for local residents to enjoy.
Planning is underway to identify which parks will receive part of the funding, with works expected to take place during 2018.