A NEW park being built in North Lanarkshire is on schedule to open in time for the school summer holidays.

The facility at Ravenscraig will include a play area, sensory garden, visitor hub with disabled toilet and a cafe, events area, a network of walking and cycling routes, a multi sports pitch and an outdoor gym.

A feature path will be created along the line of the historic steel strip mill, and seating areas will be located throughout.

The £3.7 million park is being built by North Lanarkshire Council, as part of its plans to regenerate the former steelworks site.

The play area will have climbing walls, swings, trampolines, bouncing discs, a climbing tower, zip slide, talk tubes, balance beams and posts, incorporating accessible facilities for children and young people with mobility issues.

Councillor Paul Kelly, depute leader of the council, said: “The new park is really taking shape now, and it will be a fantastic green space for residents and visitors.

“With play areas, walking and cycling paths, an outdoor gym, seating and accessible facilities, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Active travel links from the park will also connect it to other communities beyond Ravenscraig.

“As more houses are built, and the overall masterplan for the site comes to life, the park will be a key element of its ongoing regeneration.”

Local school pupils and community groups have been invited to choose the name of the new park and the play area within it, and this will be announced before the opening date in July.

Funding for the project has come from the Scottish Government’s Vacant and Derelict Land Fund as well as the council.

For more information about the park, click here.