Have your say on Saughton Park play park

A consultation by the City of Edinburgh Council is currently underway on the future of Saughton Park playground.

Community members and park users are being asked for feedback on a number of proposals for improving the play area as part of the park’s development.

Saughton Park is set to undergo a multi-million pound renovation, for which £3.8m of Heritage Lottery Fund funding was recently approved.

Wider consultation on plans for the whole park in 2015 showed that users would like to see the playground enlarged and enhanced with play opportunities for children of different ages and abilities.

The Council has now proposed a number of improvements, including doubling the size of the play park, installing wheelchair-accessible equipment and adding a range of new facilities, such as trampolines and spinning bowls.

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “This is an extremely exciting time for Saughton Park, with a raft of improvements set to get underway and a significant funding boost from Heritage Lottery Fund.

“It makes absolute sense that we incorporate changes to the playground into the project to benefit as many park users as possible, and I look forward to hearing the public’s feedback on our proposals.”

Additional proposals for the play park are improved access, musical and sensory equipment, and an outdoor gym, as well as general landscaping, flowers and trees.

Once the consultation, which runs until 24 April, is complete, the project team will use feedback to develop detailed and fully-costed plans to support grant applications to fund the scheme.

Following the award of funding by Heritage Lottery Find in January, Saughton Park, detailed designs for the park are being drawn up with construction work on the £5.3m renovation scheduled to begin next year.

Find out more about the play park consultation online.

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