YOUNGSTERS have been enjoying new equipment installed as part of a new play area which was officially opened on Tuesday.
The launch of the playpark, in Shetland Place, was hosted by members of Gallatown East and Sinclairtown Tenants and Residents Association (GESTRA) and Fife Council.
The £35,000 project has finally been completed in the town after the initial idea for the scheme was formed two years ago.
It features six pieces of equipment including a chute and climbing frame; basket swing, balancing beam, spinning pole, see-saw and wobbly bridge.
Karen McGregor, chairman of GESTRA, told The Press: “It was an old run down area that really wasn’t safe and we wanted something done about it.
‘‘We worked with Fife Council to secure funding to get new equipment for the play facility.
“We had a lot of consultation with the neighbours, local people and Sinclairtown Primary.
We gave the pupils different options for play equipment to choose - the idea was that if they had a say in what they wanted they could take ownership of the play area and look after it.
‘‘It has taken two years to complete it from start to finish.”
Karen said it was important to get local people involved, but said they faced a lot of apathy.
She continued: “As an association we have been trying to tell people that things won’t improve unless they get involved.
‘‘This is why we want more people to come along to our meetings.”
She said now the facility is finished, they will now be looking to take on board other projects.
Karen added: “The residents here are really pleased with the new equipment and the kids are delighted too.”
Carol Keddie, headteacher at Sinclairtown Primary, said: “The children are really pleased with the facility.
‘‘It is a safe place for them to play and is a big difference from what they had before which was a couple of concrete tubes.
‘‘It is also a meeting place for the children and is very central so all the mums can keep an eye on them and see what is going on.”
Local councillor Kay Carrington said: “This is quality kit for the kids to have an outdoor experience on their doorstep - it’s fabulous. The children chose the equipment themselves and I’m sure they will look after it.”
Fellow ward councillor Lawrence Brown said: “GESTRA started this project off and it’s great to see the play area being so well used. As soon as the barriers came down the children were right in!”
Kevin Robertson of Kirkcaldy area locality support team, added: “The opening of the play area is an opportunity for the community to see that when people work together things can change.”