FUN-LOVING youngsters look set to enjoy a playpark they picked themselves in the New Year.

Pupils at Elphinstone Primary School were given a choice of three potential options for a replacement playpark on the village’s Buxley Road.

A vote was taken, with an option chosen to create a playpark with two features which will be unique to East Lothian.

The first of those is made up of three 3D hexagon structures which have foot and hand-holds and are designed for climbing on.

The second is a raised disc which youngsters can run on.

The rest of the park is made up of familiar playpark favourites, including swings, a slide, seesaw, flying fox and climbing net.

Elphinstone Community Association has been busy working with East Lothian Council on the project for nearly a year.

Now they are hopeful the playpark, which it is estimated will cost about £30,000, could be in place in the spring.

Stuart MacKenzie, chairman of the village’s community association, said: “I think it is fantastic. No other playpark in East Lothian will have those two items and the playpark itself looks incredibly modern.

“It takes six weeks for the items to be made because of the time of year.

“The items are each made to order so we think that it could be January or mid-February before they are ready.

“Obviously it is weather-permitting for the work to get carried out and we are hoping for a spring opening next year.”

Elphinstone Community Association approached the local authority at the beginning of 2018 with a view to seeing the playpark given a facelift.

Three options were drawn up, with youngsters at the village’s primary school asked to pick their favourite.

Almost two-thirds of the pupils picked the option which would see the two unique features put in place.

A spokeswoman for East Lothian Council confirmed that plans were well under way for the revamp.

She said: “The new play area has generated much discussion from local residents through the Elphinstone Community Association and pupils at the primary school have expressed their preferences for both the look and equipment they would like to see at the site.

“A number of options were proposed and a final design with a range of play equipment has now been confirmed, with work starting in the new year.”