New play park opens in Knightswood
Thursday, August 26, 2010
CHILDREN in the West End of Glasgow can keep fit all year round thanks to a new outdoor gym – one of only three in the city.
Kids can use the cross trainer, do sit-ups and even leg and chest presses as part of the new facility.
The gym is part of the new multi-purpose games court in Knightswood Park, in Lincoln Avenue.
Youngsters can also play sports such as football, hockey, basketball and netball on the synthetic games surface.
The £120,000 project has been funded by Glasgow Housing Association, Glasgow City Council, the West Central Community Planning Partnership and the West Area Committee.
The games area is the latest play court to be built since 2005 as part of GHA’s Play Area Improvement Programme partnership with Glasgow City Council.
Youngsters from the nearby Corpus Christi Primary School and Pikeman Nursery School and Family Learning Centre attended the launch and were the first to try out the new facilities. They were joined at the opening by Bailie Liz Cameron and Councillor Graeme Hendry.
GHA’s West Area Director Mags Lightbody said: “The Play Area Improvement Programme has proven a great success over the past five years.
“We know it makes a real difference not only to the lives of the local children, but also to the wider community. Children can play safely and keep fit, while it also provides opportunities for youngsters and parents from different cultures and backgrounds to mix.”
Councillor Paul Rooney joined Corpus Christi Primary School children Catherine Masamuna and Michael Ducat and also Pikeman Nursery School twins Amy and Emma Carmichael to cut the ribbon.
Councillor Rooney said: “This is an excellent facility for all of the youngsters in Knightswood. The partnership work between the funders in the programme will benefit everyone in the community.”
The children were entertained by Bubbles the Clown, the Keepie Uppie King and also Glasgow Live football coaches.
Councillor Jim Coleman, Executive Member for Land and Environmental Services, said: “It is always a great pleasure to add to the dozens of new and refurbished play parks and sports pitches now being enjoyed in communities across Glasgow.
“Thanks to the partnership the council has with GHA, local people now have better opportunities to exercise and keep fit and healthy in a safe and attractive environment.”
Two further play areas in the South and East of the city are due for completion next month.