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:
- Westfield Common, Rattray [4Mb] , Contractor is currently working on the upgrade of other PKC Play areas at the moment, therefore to avoid closing the play area during the summer holidays, works are expected to commence once the schools return at the end of August.
- Forgandenny Play Area [3Mb] , The play area is open however, the custom made ropes and nets are currently being manufactured for the main climbing unit and we are awaiting the cableway which is being reordered.
- Tom na moan [592Kb] , now completed and open.
- Green Park, Kinross Plan (July 2018) [2Mb] , finished and open
- Invergowrie Memorial Park [7Mb] , Open, however there have been problems with the roundabout which are being looked at and one of the swings is to be replaced with a cradle swing. The fence has also still to be reinstated.
- Broom Park design [766Kb] , finished and open
Play areas to be improved in the next few years
Surveys were recently available on the Consultation Hub for the play areas below to see what communities would like to see in the following play areas. Thanks to everyone who gave their ideas, the results are being collated and will be used to draw up draft designs.
- Maisie Moo [3Mb] at the North Inch, Perth
- Fairfield Park, Tulloch, Perth
- Stormont Way Scone
- Davis Park, Kinross
- Longforgan - There were comments made in the survey that the tennis courts could be put to better use, this could be a possible community project.
Surveys have already been carried out on these play areas:
- Powmill, Gairney Burn Lane (April 2018) Powmill play area proposals [925Kb]
- Hay Street, Coupar Angus (April 2018)
- Wallace Park (Community survey 2016 and school workshop May 2018) Wallace Park Master Plan [5Mb] Wallace Park Proposals [2Mb]
Community Groups being supported with their park projects:
- MacRosty, Crieff - all ability play area completed and open
- St Fillans - New creative play area open, small pieces still to be completed
- Invergowrie - Invergowrie & Kingoodie Community Group have raised money for sensory play equipment which will be phase 2 of the improvements
- Auchterarder - Feasibility study completed. Mountain bike park open for trial over the summer.
- Wallace Park, Glenfarg - Masterplan done by Friends of Group plan to raise money for additional equipment before the work starts in February and are working with Tracks on new paths.
- Davie Park - Successful consultation took place in July.
- Blairgowrie Riverside - interest in adult gym equipment
- Maisie Moo, North Inch, Perth - Sketch design done and fundraising taking place
- Bankfoot - community group forming to look at improvements to the park
- 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.
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, this has been repaired
- Friarton Park, Perth - Open and complete
- Kirkhall Park, Almondbank - Complete except for the rope feature which is being manufactured
- Mathieson Drive, Perth - 2 items to be rectified, parts ordered, expected in 2 weeks
- Sidlaw Place, Coupar Angus - open
- North Muirton - one defect to be fixed
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
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.
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.
- Postcards from the Future Play parks [30Kb]
- Placecheck Play Parks Survey [220Kb]
- Powrie Park, Abernethy [1Mb]
- Methven Park Case Study [2Mb]
- Kinloch Rannoch Case Study [735Kb]
- Abernethy Presentation [3Mb]
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".