East Renfrewshire Council swings into action to upgrade parks

Councillor Alan Lafferty tries out the new play equipment at Cowan Park.
Councillor Alan Lafferty tries out the new play equipment at Cowan Park.

An investment of £350,000 to upgrade two East Renfrewshire parks has now been completed.

Cowan Park, in Barrhead, and Kingston Playing Fields, in Neilston, have benefitted from this major investment to improve the facilities available for the community.

At Cowan Park a brand new play area has been installed adjacent to the swings currently in place.

It is now open and provides local children with a wide range of play equipment, including six metre high slides, a double zip wire, accessible roundabout, sensory area and much more.

The work at Cowan Park has also included installing a new fence around the war memorial and adding picnic benches to the area.

Councillor Alan Lafferty, Convener for Environment, said: “I am delighted to see these works completed at both Cowan Park and Kingston Playing Fields.

“As well as upgrading the existing play park at Kingston for the Neilston community, the work at Cowan Park has created a quite fantastic play area which will benefit local people for years to come.

“We have already seen the impact that the improved play area at Rouken Glen has had, and I’m sure that by putting similar equipment into these parks it will provide a boost for these two fantastic green spaces too.”

The recent revamp of the existing play park at Kingston Playing Fields included installing a large climbing frame with slide as well as new swings, an accessible roundabout and some toddlers play equipment.

A new fence has also been put in place to replace the existing structure.