A NEW playpark was opened in Riverside Park last week as part of an on-going project to encourage more people to visit the large site, reports KEVIN QUINN.
Local councillors and youth workers were among those in attendance as Collydean Primary School pupils Liam Dalqvist and Callum McCaulay cut the ribbon to officially open the new facilities, situated on the east side of the town centre park.
The on-going plan to maximise Riverside Park’s potential was started by the council-ran group behind Glenrothes in Bloom. Speaking at the launch Locality Team Leader for the Glenrothes Area Margaret Reilly, who has been involved since the start, said: “It’s brilliant, I just think it’s fantastic. Hopefully it will encourage them to use this side of the park.
“The fact that the children chose the equipment helps too.
“It shows the kids that we have done what they said they wanted. That’s the important thing for me.
“It was good to get it in before the school holidays. I think it will be really popular.
“We know it will be successful, so there might be more in the future. It’s about getting people into all areas of the park and this will definitely help.”
The future of the park is now in the hands of the Friends of Riverside Group - a voluntary group set up by Mrs Reilly. Peter Scobie from the group told the gazette that he was impressed with the pupils input: “There was quite a lot of planning when we were going round the schools and the kids were putting their suggestions forward on what they would like in the park.
“They were asking for things you wouldn’t think of. They had some really grown-up suggestions. I didn’t expect that, it was a pleasant surprise.”
Mr Scobie added that the group’s next planned improvement will hopefully see toilet facilities and an eco-friendly coffee shop open at the Pond-side of Riverside Park.