Plans for latest phase of play parks programme unveiled

Wilton Lodge Park

Published: Wednesday, 16th September 2020

A series of exciting new play parks will be created in 2020-21 as part of our £4.8million play parks and community outdoor spaces programme.

Play parks in Peebles, Duns, Eyemouth and Newtown St Boswells are all part of our plans for this financial year.

What is the play parks and outdoor community spaces programme?

The play parks and outdoor community spaces programme has already led to seven modern and inclusive play facilities being opened across the Borders in the last three years, alongside a significant £250k contribution to the already popular new pump track at Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick, which opened this summer.

The 2020-21 programme is set to begin with a new destination play park in Victoria Park in Peebles, which is currently going through the planning process and can be viewed on our plannig portal.

Peebles play park plans

  • Artist impressions of the Peebles play park plans are available on our Flickr page
  • if the Peebles play park secures planning permission, it is hoped construction will commence before the end of 2020 and will be open by spring 2021
  • the facility would include state of the art play equipment catering for children aged two to 14 years of age and safety surfacing
  • it would also include play equipment for young people with additional needs, which is a major consideration in the new development, alongside park benches for families to use
  • if approved, the new Peebles play park would also see a new bike pump track created alongside it and an existing football area will be maintained and enhanced with the inclusion of ball-walls. A new woodland walk is also proposed alongside the play park development
  • there are also exciting plans to deliver a skate park in Peebles, again alongside the play area, which are being drawn together with the Peebles Skate Park Group

What about the other play parks planned in 2020-21?

Designs for the play parks in Duns, Eyemouth and Newtown are currently being finalised and the proposals for these communities will be announced in the coming weeks.

As part of the programme, there are also plans for a new play area and skate park in Jedburgh, a new skate park in Galashiels and a series of youth/fitness shelters.

Councillor David Parker, Convener

“The Council’s plans this coming year for Peebles, Duns, Eyemouth and Newtown are very exciting, and they come on the back of the successful delivery of play parks in Hawick, Galashiels, Oxton, Stow, Harestanes, Coldstream and Kelso. 

“I am particularly excited by the Peebles proposals, which promises to deliver a massively enhanced facility for the local community.”

Councillor Robin Tatler, Executive Member for Community Development and Localities

“On the back of previous successful projects, I am looking forward to this year’s programme that will enhance facilities for young people in more communities across the Borders. 

“If approved, the new Peebles play park will provide an outstanding range of equipment and facilities for young people.

“This development forms part of much bigger plans for Peebles that will include a 3G pitch at the High School as part of its redevelopment.”