Plans are now underway for improvements to a popular park in Bridge of Weir which will see it receive repairs and new play equipment.
Houston Road Park was one of five neighbourhood parks chosen by Renfrewshire Council for a share of a £250,000 visit investment in a previous year’s budget.
In consultation with local community groups, who made it a clear priority for Houston Road Park to be more accessible for all children, council officers have now proposed the installation of two pieces of play equipment, which can be used by able-bodied children as well as those with poor mobility.
Plans also include the replacement of the toddler swing, as well as installation of percussion instruments and games panels. These improvements are expected to take place in the summer months although this is still to be confirmed. Improvements to the surrounding paths will also take place in an effort to improve access in and around the park.
Councillor Natalie Don, SNP Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank has welcomed the progress, she said: “I am thrilled that this has now progressed and we have a real vision for the plans for the park. This funding was confirmed several years ago and back then as a member of the Community Council, I was part of the sub-group involved in the original discussions over where it should be directed.
“That is why as a councillor, I have made this investment in the park a top priority, along with both the TARA and the Community Council.
“I was very happy with the final decision to make the park more inclusive for all children. This work, coupled with the improvements to the paths will completely transform the park and I am excited to see this progress.”
Chair of the Bridge of Weir Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) Chris Gilzean, said: “The Tenants and Residents Association are absolutely delighted about the new play equipment that is proposed for Houston Road Park. TARA has spent the last few years in discussions with the Council over what was required for this park, and the introduction of play equipment that was easily accessible by children with mobility problems, was always our top priority.
“Our thanks go to the Community Council for backing us in our endeavours to get these park improvements and to Councillor Don for helping us to get our proposals to fruition.”
Photo: Main Image: Councillor Natalie Don at Houston Road Park, Bridge of Weir