MORE than £100,000 has been spent creating a new playpark for children and teenagers in Musselburgh.

The play area in the town’s Lewisvale Park, near both Musselburgh Grammar School and the town’s sports centre, was officially opened today (Thursday).

The new play area includes a variety of play equipment aimed particularly at older primary aged children and teenagers with a range of abilities, including an all-abilities roundabout and a cableway for the more adventurous.

Local children were invited to participate in the process of choosing the design of the new play area with more than 700 pupils from four Musselburgh primary schools taking part.

East Lothian Courier: The new play area at Lewisvale Park has been unveiledThe new play area at Lewisvale Park has been unveiled

A selection of designs was provided with 452 children voting for the winning design that was installed by the council’s amenity services play squad.

The play area was funded with the £108,000 allocation from the Scottish Government Play Parks Renewal (2022/23) fund to East Lothian Council.

Councillor Colin McGinn, cabinet member for community wellbeing, was “delighted” the area was open in time for the summer.

He said: “This new provision replaces earlier equipment removed a few years ago which had reached its end of use and complements the popular toddler play area opposite in the park.

“The need for such provision had been identified by the local community and I would like to add my thanks to the many local youngsters who took the time to provide their views on the design options of this play area which I’m sure will be well used over the coming months.”

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In addition to the play equipment, new seating has been installed and access to the play area has been improved with the construction of a new path linking into and through the play area assisting wheelchair users, pushchairs and buggies.

The area is also enhanced with grass-covered bunding surrounding the play area offering further natural play opportunities.