£65,000 community play park officially opened in Templehall

Cllr Neil Crooks officially opened the Dallas Drive Playpark with Templehall Gala princess Stephanie Brodie and Hanna Cassidy (logo designer)
Cllr Neil Crooks officially opened the Dallas Drive Playpark with Templehall Gala princess Stephanie Brodie and Hanna Cassidy (logo designer)

Children in Dallas Drive have been making full use of their new playpark which was officially opened at the weekend.

The move comes four years after a consultation was carried out by the Dallas Drive Tenants and Residents Association (DDTRA) to find out what equipment local youngsters wanted in their new playpark.

The new swings

The new swings

The association then secured £65,000 in funding from the Big Lottery and Fife Council - to allow the playpark to go ahead.

The new facilities are located in the central open space in Dallas Drive, replacing the former play park at the rear of the flats which was deemed unsuitable by the majority of locals who took part in the consultation.

It was opened on Sunday by local councillor Neil Crooks, along with Templehall Gala Princess Stephanie Brodie and Hanna Cassidy, who designed the new DDTRA logo.

The occasion was celebrated with an open day which featured Mr Puffin, the model balloon man, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland.

Sharon Reynolds, chairman of DDTRA, said: “I am so happy we have our new playpark - it has taken about four years to get it.

“The open day was fantastic - there must have been over 60 happy kids all having a great time. It was so good to see them all laughing and enjoying themselves. It made all the effort worth it.”

She added: “I would like to thank all of the DDTRA for their hard work; Claire Lovett and Rab Clark from Fife Council and local councillors Neil Crooks, David Ross and Carol Lindsay for their continued support.”

Sharon said the playpark is aimed at children up to 12 years of age and that plans are being drawn up for a green gym for the older kids and adults at a nearby site.

Rab Clark, Fife Council housing neighbourhood officer, said the Association identified the unused space for the park - which is overlooked by many properties - to ensure kids are safe when they play.

It held public meetings to plan its design and all equipment, fencing, bins and benches were chosen by local youngsters.

He thanked current and past members of the Association, including the late Cathie Gibson, secretary adding: “I am so proud of the hard work of the TRA for their achievements.”