First Minister opens Longhaven Playpark

Longhaven Playpark (Neil Willox Photography): Alex Salmond MSP cuts the ribbon on the newly refurbished Longhaven Playpark with Emma Pirrie (9), Jaye Smith (11), Scott Smith (7).

Longhaven Playpark (Neil Willox Photography): Alex Salmond MSP cuts the ribbon on the newly refurbished Longhaven Playpark with Emma Pirrie (9), Jaye Smith (11), Scott Smith (7).

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First Minister Alex Salmond officially opened Longhaven Playpark on Saturday, April 27 after regeneration work had been completed.

Longhaven Community Association worked hard to receive funding to rejuvinate the park after Aberdeenshire Council removed old and rusting equipment for safety reasons.

Chairman, Gavin Smith said: “As a lifetime member of Longhaven, I decided I couldn’t just stand back and watch the park depreciate. After numerous phone calls, e-mails and application forms, we were finally successful with the SITA Trust Fund on our second attempt.”

SITA supported the regeneration project, funding up to a maximum of £56,441.

Equipment installed included a climbing frame with tunnel and nets, spinners and a zip wire

Gavin added: “The next stage was to get in contact with Ian Tillet from Aberdeenshire Council Landscape Services who helped us plan, buy and install the equipment.

“It is a great honour that the First Minister of Scotland has recognised the dedication and achivements of Longhaven and officially opened our new playpark.”

“I would like to thank, on behalf of Longhaven Community Association, all the helpers no matter how much or little, all efforts are greatly appreciated.”

Mr Salmond cut the tartan ribbon and declared the park officially open.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Mr Salmond said: “It is a terrific boost for the kids and it is really impressive.

“It is hugely improved and hopefully it will bring lots of kids lots of enjoyment.”

“I particularly like the zip wire so for those driving to Peterhead or Aberdeen, don’t be surprised if you see kids on it going faster than you!”