Playpark improvements in Stirling offer swinging good time

Investment of almost £150,000 will help transform the play experience of children across the Stirling area this summer.

Four children stand on top of a piece of Flying Fox play equipment in a playpark while, to the right, a woman holds the Flying Fox seat.
Cllr Jen Preston - and the children at Polmaise Park in Fallin - welcome the investment in new play equipment.

A total of seven playparks have been enhanced and upgraded in time for the holidays, offering children access to improved equipment for sliding, swinging and climbing.

Parks to benefit include Donaldson Park in Balfron, Newton Crescent in Dunblane, King George V Park in Strathblane, Blairlogie and Kippen play areas, Polmaise Park in Fallin and Moray Park in Doune.

Investment of £85,000 has come from the Scottish Government’s renewal of playparks scheme, £30,000 from Stirling Council, as well as £20,000 of community fundraising and £11,000 from developers’ contributions.

Stirling Council has also secured more than £700,000 in funding from the Scottish Government for playpark improvements in the Stirling area over the next two financial years.


Cllr Jen Preston, convener of the Environment, Transport and Net Zero committee, said: “We are committed to ongoing investment of our playpark infrastructure because we know that play has so many benefits for children, families and the wider community, particularly now the summer holidays are here.

“Playparks are important to the physical and emotional health of our children. They give them such freedom of choice and allow them to socialise with their friends, all the while keeping active.

“Stirling Council has prioritised investment in wellbeing, including leisure. We want to improve the quality of life for all our people by ensuring our neighbourhoods are attractive, safe and happy places. Modern, up-to-date play spaces are a key element of that.

“We will continue to consult with communities and local people on future upgrades to playpark provision, prioritising the replacement of equipment that is reaching the end of its life or needs to be removed for safety reasons.”