Play time for children of Ratho Station as new park unveiled

Play time has begun in Ratho Station, where a brand new community park has swung into action for local children.

New facilities have been unveiled just in time for the summer holidays, and pupils from the nearby Hillwood Primary School were the first to test them out. 

The £60,000 upgrade, developed in close partnership with members of the community, will provide much-needed play equipment for youngsters in the area, where amenities were previously lacking and out of date.

Funded by City of Edinburgh Council, with support from the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh Airport, the refurbishment was carried out by environmental charity Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT).

Amongst the improvements are a range of up-to-date equipment selected to appeal to the widest age range of children possible, including swings for toddlers and older children, a colourful, inclusive multi-play unit with ramps, nets and slides and a ‘four-seat springer’.

Thanks to funding from Edinburgh Airport’s Community Board, this summer ELGT will also been able to install benches, a picnic table and a welcome sign featuring children’s art work.

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “This is a fantastic addition to Ratho Station Park, which was sorely lacking suitable play facilities for local children.

“We have a first-class range of parks across the capital, and we want to help communities make the most of these great open spaces.”

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive of ELGT, said: “Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust is glad to have been able to facilitate a new play park for Ratho so as to provide local children with a quality facility just in time for the summer holidays.”

Gordon, Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “We established our Community Board to contribute to projects and good causes in the surrounding area and we’re delighted that the funding we provided was able to open this new park.  With the summer holidays now here I’m sure there’ll be lots of opportunities for the kids of Ratho Station to give it their seal of approval.”

Find out more about Edinburgh’s parks at Edinburgh Outdoors.

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