Residents in Bridge of Weir are celebrating improvements to their public park in Houston Road with a launch day held on Saturday.
Local Councillor, Natalie Don and the local Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) formally launched the new equipment on Saturday morning. The park itself was one of five neighbourhood parks chosen by Renfrewshire Council for a share of a £250,000 investment in a previous year’s budget.
Following consultation with local community groups about how this money should be spent, it was a clear priority for Houston Road Park to be more accessible for all children. New equipment with this aim has now been installed in the park. Some of the items include percussion instruments, games panels, a swing that can be used by both parent and child, as well as accessible see-saw and merry-go-round. Improvements to the surrounding paths will also take place in an effort to improve access in and around the park.
Local SNP Councillor Natalie Don has welcomed the installation of the new equipment, she said: “I am thrilled that these items have now been installed in the park. I have pushed for this upgrade since I was a member of the Bridge of Weir Community Council and along with the TARA we have worked vigorously to make sure this investment was a top priority for the village.”
“I am very proud that we now have a park that is inclusive and accessible for all children. The new equipment has only been in for a couple of weeks but it has proved extremely popular so far with many people commenting to me on how busy the park has been. As a lifelong resident of Bridge of Weir, I played in this park when I was a young girl so I am so happy to see investment into it which will allow more children to make happy memories here.”
“In the coming weeks we will also see upgrades to the paths which was also agreed as part of this investment, with these scheduled to start any day now and this will improve accessibility even further.”
TARA Chairman also welcomed the equipment, he told Renfrewshire News: “Bridge of Weir Tenants and Residents Association are delighted with the new play equipment. It’s exactly what the park needed to allow kids with mobility restrictions to play with their family and friends.”
Lead photo: (Left to Right) Houston TARA – Member Eleanor Caldwell, Alexis Stuart, TARA member Linda McClure – TARA Secretary Meg Gilzean and Cllr Natalie Don