Opening new park is child’s play

The opening of the new St Couan’s Playpark in Newton Stewart was blessed last Saturday with excellent weather and a host of excited kids.

The playpark has been five years in the making, led by residents headed by the chairman of the St Couan’s Playpark Association, Mandy Marshall, and architect Hazel Smith.

The dream became a reality after the group secured funding of £70, 379 from the Big Lottery Fund in 2014.

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Mandy opened the park in a novel way by sliding down the playpark slide, setting an example for youngsters to follow. Soon afterwards, all the new equipment was well tested in the spring sunshine by local children.