Published: 14/02/2018 08:55 - Updated: 14/02/2018 09:09

Slide suitable for young children will replace park tower

 

New slide
An artist's impression of the new equipment.

FORRES' most well known park is being updated for younger children.

Improved playground facilities at Grant Park were identified as a priority of the Forres 2020 Vision document, produced by the Moray Community Planning Partnership last November. 

A spokesman from the local authority lands and parks department has confirmed that a climbing frame and chute will be installed for younger children.

He said: “A new multiplay will be installed in the toddler area, as soon as the removal of the existing unit is complete.”

It was announced last month that the tower slide at the children’s playground, a favourite of visiting youngsters, is being removed before the end of March and a similar, larger structure erected outwith the compound for older kids. This has proved controversial as a number of mothers told the Gazette their children broke legs on the slide that was formally a major attraction at Brodie Castle.

Spending more time at the park than most, Sandra Maclennan of Forres In Bloom, is ideally placed to see what else is required to improve what should be the best play park in town.

She has already volunteered for a green spaces user group being set up to carry the 2020 Vision aspirations through.

She said: “Grant Park is unique and brings in many visitors to boost the local economy, however, the play area is outdated. There is now an opportunity to consult with residents and apply for funding to plan and create a 21st Century facility for a range of ages. Time is needed to take ideas forward.”

She said: “It is my understanding that this project is progressing within the current financial year and that consultation has taken place with users of the area.”

The Forres Green Spaces User Group is meeting tonight at the Town Hall tonight (Wednesday, February 14) at 7pm.

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