Aberdeen’s newest community has been given an early Christmas present. A brand new playpark at Countesswells has been opened just in time for the festive season and it’s got the “thumbs-up” by local children, PlayScotland and inspectors.
Twelve children, from families who have moved into the new neighbourhood, took part in a special opening of the playpark which boasts rustic swings, stepping logs, slides and rope climbing frames.
The new playpark is the latest community facility to be unveiled at Countesswells and complements the recently-opened orchard, parklands and green spaces in the new community.
Being phased in over 15 years, Countesswells will ultimately feature four large parks; including the 11-hectare Cults Burn Park, 3,000 new homes, schools, shops and health and leisure facilities.
Play Scotland, the national play organisation at the forefront of delivering Scotland’s National Play Strategy, has endorsed the playpark. Head of Strategy and Development at Play Scotland, Cherie Morgan said: “Play Scotland is delighted to be part of the celebrations at the opening of the new Play park at Countesswells. This is a fantastic new play space for the local community and for children and young people to play freely, in and around where they live. Play can meet the big challenge of our time - increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour.”
Allan McGregor, project director for Countesswells, added: “Countesswells is a 15-year long project we’re creating with families and the next generation in mind. This playpark is the first to open in our community, but by no means the last, as we firmly believe that giving children access to and resources for play is instrumental in their development and a cornerstone of our commitment to creating a genuine community with the best amenities on the doorstep.”
The Scottish Health Survey 2016 revealed that 29% of children in Scotland are at risk of being overweight or obese* and, by increasing opportunities to play, these social issues can be tackled and lead to increased physical, mental and emotional health. Studies have also shown that children who play regularly will develop social skills and grow their own sense of identity, responsibility, self-esteem and respect for others.