Cllr Laura McNamee said: “When I called for this playpark to be upgraded, I stated the willingness of local children and residents to get involved in the process and the positive impact that it would have on the local community. I am glad that this has happened with local children suggesting a tyre swing to be installed and it has since been taken on board by officials.
“I wanted to give the kids a platform upon which they could engage with this process, so that they could have a direct say in how the council responds to their leisure needs. By actively engaging with them, I hope that they now feel a level of ownership over their local community.
“I have also been laising with local residents and engaging with Council officials regarding a proposed community garden behind the playpark. The council is inviting expressions of interest for a community garden proposal for the land directly behind Grampian Avenue playpark. I feel that this is a much needed project in an area where few of the homes in the immediate vicinity of the park have gardens. I know a lot of people would appreciate the opportunity to get involved with a community project of this nature, the health benefits of such projects being well documented. Moreover, I would hope that such a project would contribute to community cohesion. I hope that as many people as possible will get involved with the project and develop its capacity to expand in time to come.”