FOURTEEN play parks across Renfrewshire will be completely transformed as part of a £1.25million investment by the local authority.

A play park in each ward area will be overhauled, with all current assets removed and replaced with brand-new play equipment.

Renfrewshire Council officers will engage with local community groups and schools in each area to ensure the equipment meets the needs of the local families and young people.

The council revealed that the play park in each area identified as being most in need will be replaced.

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These are Lochwinnoch Park, Ardgryffe Park, Churchill Drive, Park Mains, Campbell Street, Tinto Square, East End Park, Maxwellton Park, Ben Lawers (Hawkhead Park), Crags Road, Durrockstock Park, Morar Drive, Elm Drive/Sycamore Ave and Ellerslie Street.

The plans also include the refurbishment of equipment in seven other play parks to improve their lifespan, and this will take place in Robertson Park, Barshaw Park, Dunvegan Avenue, Howwood Toddler/Junior, Houston Public Park, Moss Road Park, and Inchinnan Playing Fields.

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Councillor Cathy McEwan said: “Over the past 18 months and beyond, it’s been clear just how important our green spaces are to our communities which is why we’ve made this significant investment into a complete transformation of 14 play parks and the refurbishment of seven more.

“We want local families and young people to be excited to visit their local play park and we’ll work with them to ensure the new equipment is what they’re looking for.

“I know that people may feel that another play park needs investment too, but we will look at future phases to this investment and we would be able to make further improvements then.

“We’ve already supported the transformation of a number of play parks through our Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund, including the new interactive play park in Bargarran, and this investment will mean even more communities in Renfrewshire can benefit from new play provision.”

Investment will also be made to improve access to the play parks in a bid to support increased walking, cycling and wheeling.

Funding from the Scottish Government’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets Fund will provide bicycle and scooter stands too.