£60k play park unveiled at Ratho Station

Morgan Bain, Liam Pratt, Keira Wilson and Sean Chapman enjoy the park. Picture: contributed

Morgan Bain, Liam Pratt, Keira Wilson and Sean Chapman enjoy the park. Picture: contributed

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A CHILDREN’S play park has been unveiled at Ratho Station – just in time for the school holidays.

Pupils from Hillwood Primary were the first to try out the £60,000 upgrade at Ratho Station that boast ramps, nets and slides and a four-man springer.

The project, developed with input from the community, will provide much-needed play equipment for youngsters who previously had to make do with scant and out-of-date facilities.

The improvements are designed to appeal to a wide age range, with swings for toddlers and a climbing frame with accessories for older children.

Benches, a picnic table and a welcome sign featuring children’s art work will complete the project.

These will be installed this summer by Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) following funding from Edinburgh Airport’s community board.

Community leaders today welcomed the new play park which they said would provide a boost to children in the area.

Environment convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said the district was not well served with play equipment in the past.

“This is a fantastic addition to Ratho Station Park, which was sorely lacking suitable play facilities for local children,” she said. “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, which installed all the park’s apparatus, said: “ELGT 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.”

Edinburgh Airport’s Community Board, made up of representatives from the airport and the local community, meets quarterly to review funding applications for local projects which support health and wellbeing.

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.”

The park was funded by the city council, with support from the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh Airport. The refurbishment was carried out by environmental charity Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust.

kaye.nicolson@edinburghnews.com