Play area improvements

Have your say on the refurbishment of your play area

Perth & Kinross Council maintains over 150 play areas; to allow us to manage these to a satisfactory standard we have a rolling programme of play area improvements. Each year we focus on the improvement of approximately six play areas that are coming close to the end of their usable life, usually after 15-20 years.

2018/19 play area improvements

Our landscape architects have produced plans for the following play areas and work should be completed by the summer:

  • icon Westfield Common, Rattray [4Mb] , Contractor working on other sites at the moment
  • icon Forgandenny Play Area [3Mb] , bulk of groundworks completed, cableway installed. Open in 2-3 weeks
  • icon Tom na moan [592Kb] , work started
  • icon Green Park, Kinross Plan (July 2018) [2Mb] , finished and open
  • icon Invergowrie Memorial Park [7Mb] , work has been stop/start. The main hold up was due to the availability of the logs to form the wall. There was also a slight delay in the delivery of some of the equipment to the contractor, but all the equipment is now with the contractor. It is expected that the main ground works and installation of equipment will be completed within the next 3 weeks and giving the turf time to establish we are looking to get the park open by the end of May.
  • icon Broom Park design [766Kb] , Murthly- currently under construction and we need to allow the turf time to establish. We hope to reopen the play area towards the middle of June, before the school holidays.
  • MacRosty, Crieff - all ability play area completed and open

Play areas to be improved in the next few years

Surveys will be carried out soon to see what communities would like to see in the following play areas:

  • Powmill, Gairney Burn Lane
  • Fairfield Park, McCallum Court, Perth
  • Fechney Park Perth
  • Stormont Way Scone
  • Wallace Park
  • Hay Street, Coupar Angus
  • Davies Park, Cameron Ave, Kinross
  • Longforgan

2017/18 Play areas

Here are some updates on the 17/18 play area improvements:

  • Ardblair Terrace,Blairgowrie - This play area was vandalised after the improvements were carried out and new nets are being made
  • Friarton Park, Perth - Open, awaiting one piece of equipment
  • Kirkhall Park, Almondbank - being turfed at the moment
  • Mathieson Drive, Perth - 2 items to be rectified, parts ordered, expected in 2 weeks
  • Sidlaw Place, Coupar Angus - open

We recently carried out a customer satisfaction survey improvements which we made in 2017/18 to the play areas, to find out some initial thoughts. Here is some of the feedback:

  • There has been an increase by one third in the number of people who visit their play park since upgraded 
  • There has been an increase in people enjoying their visit since the upgrade
  • Some people now stay longer
  • Some more people now feel more safer and welcome there
  • There were comments beyond the scope of play refurbishment, such as Investing in a small skate park, A full basketball/tennis court/football/MUGA
  • Out of 52 responses, 20 would like a fence reinstated, 1 at sidlaw,1 at Friarton, 7 at Ardblair, 11 at Mathieson Drive.
  • 13 people had concerns about dogs
  • 24 people commented that there is not enough/ not suitable play equipment for young children
  • 2 people commented on play equipment for additional support needs

Dog issues

We often receive comments about dog fouling. View our dog fouling page for further information and how to report dog fouling.  With sufficient evidence the Council can issue warning letters or Fixed Penalty Notices against offenders. The Council's Operations service will also be informed of the fouling and will take steps to inspect and collect as necessary.

Community Groups being supported on their park projects:

  • St Fillans - work almost completed on a new creative play area
  • Invergowrie - interest in sensory play equipment
  • Auchterarder - Feasibility study completed
  • Wallace Park, Glenfarg - designs to be started soon
  • Davie Park
  • Blairgowrie Riverside - interest in adult gym equipment
  • Maisie Moo, North Inch, Perth
  • Jubilee Park, Alyth
  • Pitlochry Pavilion
  • Kinross Skate Park
  • Bankfoot
  • Forgandenny - community looking at building a boules pitch

Thank you for feeding back into our design process. The guiding principle of the new designs is to balance a stimulating playscape with the need for low maintenance.  To this end, the council aims to provide places that are fun to use and are in an attractive setting.

Getting involved with improving your local play area (not scheduled above):

Throughout our programme of improvements (scheduled above), Community Greenspace worked alongside a number of our communities to improve their local parks and play areas. However, if you find that there is interest and enthusiasm in your community for a new or improved play area, we have the tools to support you to do this.

These documents are also available for Schools to download from Glow, the online community for Scottish Schools and can be found in the PKC Documents Section in the Folder "Play Park Improvements".

Contact details

Community Greenspace

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476