KIDS braved the winter chill to help officially open the new play area at Mugdock Country Park.
A group of children from Clydebank Nursery College were wrapped up and ready to play on the new equipment which has been built thanks to £80,000 funding from East Dunbartonshire council.
Councillor Eric Gotts, chairman of the country park’s joint management committee, said: “I am delighted to announce the new park officially open - it’s a wonderful addition to the excellent facilities already available at Mugdock Country Park.
“The old playground was much loved, but in need of a major overhaul and to see the children playing in this modern facility is brilliant and I’m sure it will be enjoyed by for many years to come.”
The new play area is more than twice the size of the previous playground which was 20 years old and as well as traditional apparatus such as swings, slides and climbing frames, it also has a woodland walk which is surrounded by a wooden fort wall.
Councillor Gotts added: “I think it is a particularly nice feature that the new play area contains the woodland walk. “Mugdock Park is all about experiencing the great outdoors and it’s fantastic to be able to give our youngest visitors the opportunity to play and explore the countryside in a safe environment.”
Councillor Graham Lambie, vice chairman of the joint management committee, said: “I would like to echo the sentiments of our chairman in praising the new play park. Not only are the play facilities better they are also safer without removing the rough and tumble aspect that is so important for childrens play.
“Our thanks go to the park manager Iain Arnott and his team for establishing this excellent facility.” The new play area has been designed for children aged 12 and under and is split into separate sections for different age groups.