Grand opening of new Galashiels play park unveiled

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Published: Tuesday, 8th May 2018

A big community party to mark the opening of the new children’s play area in Galashiels will be held later this month.

Party in the Park will take place on Saturday 26 May from 11am to 3pm in the Public Park, with plenty of activities, events and stalls for all of the family, while two special guests will open the new play area.

Why is it being held?

The party is being organised by us in partnership with Galashiels Community Council. It will be free for all to attend but those coming along are encouraged to donate to local charities Rowan Boland Memorial Trust and Radio Borders Cash for Kids on the day.

Radio Borders will broadcast from the event and Live Borders will be in attendance with a variety of sports to try. More events and activities will be revealed in the coming weeks.

What facilities will the play park have?

  • Contractors HAGS is nearing completion on the £290,000 facility, which will be one of the biggest in the south of Scotland.
  • It includes areas for children up to six years of age and for older children, with items of equipment not available elsewhere in Scotland including a special play train.
  • The facility will have a wet pour rubber safety surfacing, and specific facilities for children with additional needs, alongside a MUGA play area.
  • The park is on the site of the former Public Park play area and will be enclosed by fencing.

Galashiels play park is jointly funded by our play parks budget, Galashiels Pay and Display car parking fund surpluses and a £10,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

Judith Cleghorn, Chair of Galashiels Community Council

 “We are delighted to be involved in the opening of the new Gala play park, and the fantastic party which will mark the occasion.

“It is great that the event will support the Rowan Boland Trust and Cash for Kids and it promises to be an exciting event for the young people of Galashiels, with many activities for them to take part in.”

In a joint statement, Galashiels and District Councillors, Sandy Aitchison, Andy Anderson, Euan Jardine and Harry Scott

“We have all sense the excitement building in the local community as the opening of the new play area gets closer.

“This new play park for Galashiels will be amongst the best in the Borders, providing children of all ages and abilities in the area with a modern and exciting facility to enjoy.

“Local schoolchildren and Galashiels Community Council have been involved in the design of the play area, and we are delighted that Party in the Park will also help raise funds for two local charities Rowan Boland Memorial Trust and Cash for Kids.”

Convener, Councillor David Parker

“Party in the Park promises to be a fantastic day for the whole family to celebrate the opening of a brilliant new community play area.

“We have a host of entertainment and activities we will be revealing in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the Council’s social media pages for updates.”

Further information

Updates on Party in the Park will be made at our Facebook page.

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