Community gives play park new lease of life

Plans for a new, improved play park for Craigpark Crescent have been approved by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Transport and Environment Committee.

The plans were created in response to community calls for a new outdoor space for children and young people.

The existing play park was initially marked for closure following complaints from some local residents and concerns about the age and condition of the equipment. However, members of the community gathered together to voice their support for keeping a play area and a Friends of Craigpark Crescent Group was established. The group then submitted a petition calling for new plans to be drawn up and has been instrumental in developing these plans to reflect what local people want.

The new park will include a woodchip section with play equipment and a meadow flower area.

City of Edinburgh Council Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, today praised the decision and contribution of residents. She said:  “It was clear that there was a lot of local support for a play park so it is only right that we listened to the community and that our plans reflect what they want to see. We have been working with residents to draw up plans for this new, improved facility and I am very pleased that they have now been approved.

“I would like to thank Friends of Craigpark Crescent and all the residents who have helped us shape these plans. I look forward to work progressing and the new play park becoming a real asset for the community.”

£30,000 of funding is now in place to initiate the work and further improvements will be made as more funding is identified.

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