The new play park at Belleisle Park made everyone smile as they had fun outdoors.
Children of all ages can be out in the fresh air, enjoying interesting play equipment, meeting with friends and having lots of fun at the new play area at Belleisle Park in Ayr. Part of the £3.7 million investment to transform the park, the play area has been officially opened.
The play area has been designed to be multi-generational, inclusive and sympathetic to the park surroundings. It is already a huge attraction for children and adults and features a range of play equipment for all abilities.
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "It is great to see people of all ages using the new equipment and having great fun. A lot of care was taken over the design so that whatever the weather the equipment can be accessed by everyone. Importantly, whatever age you are you can use the equipment to suit your level of fitness.
"This is what Belleisle is all about, an outdoor space where families and friends can enjoy their leisure time together."
Funding to create the new play area has come from Heritage Lottery Funding and Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, and the design was created with input from the local community.
Equipment in the play park includes wooden frame swings, slides, mini beast exploration table, wind chime orbs, sea saw, springy rides, music and adventure trails, jungle climber, zip slider, a six metre birds nest swing, plus much more.
Over the coming months the landscaped play area will have feature picnic areas and wheelchair friendly wooden seating and tables installed.
Judith Reid, Project Co-ordinator sportscotland said: "The overall regeneration at Belleisle is a fantastic example of what can be achieved by various organisations investing resources and working together and we are delighted to have invested £60,000 from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund towards the adventure play area. It combines a natural woodland area with adventure play to provide a great quality park which is accessible and inclusive for the whole community. This park is an excellent asset for the local community and I hope that it will be well used by the people of South Ayrshire and beyond for many years to come."
Councillor McDowall concluded: "The official opening of the play area is another stage on the journey of regenerating Belleisle Park."