New play area at Duchess of Hamilton Park opened

Councillor Paul Kelly, Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, officially opened a fantastic new play area at the Duchess of Hamilton Park in Motherwell

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Pupils from Cathedral Primary School and Glencairn Primary School joined representatives of local action group 'The Friends of Duchess of Hamilton Park' along with local councillors.

The play area features a great range of equipment including a climbing unit surrounded by a range of equipment including a wheelchair accessible roundabout, five way swings, a rope end swing and cable runway. A separate equipped area allows the youngest children to play safely alongside everyone else.

Councillor Kelly said:  "This facility is a great example of what we can achieve working in partnership with our communities to improve our local environment. It also demonstrates our continued investment to support and promote play for all children.

"A special mention should be made to the Friends of Duchess of Hamilton Park who have worked continuously over many years to bring the park to life for the enjoyment of all." 

Councillor Kelly presented the winners of the design a sign competition, Anna Queen of Cathedral primary and Connor Fleck of Glencairn primary with replicas of the new park signs which they created.

Duchess of Hamilton play park The budget for the development was £130,000 and included housing developer's contributions to local play facilities, capital investment from North Lanarkshire Council's Enterprise and Communities along with an allocation of £30,000 from Motherwell Local Area Partnership's Local Development Programme.

In addition, both schools received book vouchers from the Friends of Duchess of Hamilton Park to thank them for their involvement in the project.

The official opening took place on Friday 16th November. 

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