Exciting plans unveiled for new Galashiels play-park

Pupils looking at plans for Galashiels play park

Published: Tuesday, 28th November 2017

An exciting new £290,000 play-park will be installed in Galashiels next year.

The improved facilities in the Public Park will be on a par with new play-parks in Tweedbank and Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick, which have proved hugely popular with the local community.

The upgraded play-park will include dedicated areas for children up to six years of age and for older children. Both areas will include a number of new items of equipment not available elsewhere in Scotland, including a special play train.

Location and facilities of new Galashiels play park

The park will be on the site of the current Public Park play equipment.  It will be enclosed by fencing and will have rubber safety surfacing throughout. There will be specific facilities for children with additional needs.

Planned opening date

Work on the play-park is likely to commence in March 2018.  A grand opening party is planned for June so that the park is ready in time for next year’s school summer holidays. 

Project funding

The project is jointly funded from:

  • our play parks budget
  • Galashiels Pay and Display car parking fund surpluses
  • a £10,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme

Getting primary school pupils involved in development

We are working with children from nearby St Peter’s Primary school on the facility, and pupils will be involved in the development of the project in the months ahead. Other primary schools in the Galashiels area will also have a chance to view the plans first hand in the near future, while Galashiels Community Council has been consulted on the project.

A joint statement by Galashiels and District Councillors Sandy Aitchison, Andy Anderson, Euan Jardine and Harry Scott

“We are delighted to be able to unveil the exciting plans for the new play area in the Public Park. 

“It has been carefully designed to ensure an exciting range of activities for young people and the play area will have features to support children with additional needs. 

“The new design provides more equipment than is currently available in the park, will have quality safety surfacing and will be fully fenced in.

“The scheme will provide Galashiels with an excellent new facility and will be enjoyed by children for many years to come.

“It is also our intention to consider some of the smaller play parks in the town receive some new equipment and upgrading over the next year to 18 months.”

More details about the project and plans for the opening will be announced in the weeks ahead.

More information

Images of the new play park are available on our Flickr page.

The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags in Tesco stores.

Launched in 2015, Bags of Help sees charities and community organisations awarded grants to fund local projects.