Council seeks to optimise play parks

Peterhead playpark
Peterhead playpark

A review of children’s play parks is to be undertaken across Aberdeenshire with parents and children being asked for their views as part of the process.

Councillors have instructed officers to undertake the review, aimed at providing the best quality play areas in the best locations with the money available.

There are currently 446 council play areas and key elements to be addressed include: equity and location of provision, play value, condition, safety, funding models, partnership working and maintenance and replacement regimes. A nine-month consultation exercise, including a series of public meetings and presentations, will be undertaken.

The council’s Infrastructure Services Committee heard last week that around £550,000 is spent annually on managing and maintaining the sites.

Over half that sum is required to ensure the sites are adequately inspected and repaired.