A new, accessible destination playpark

A new, accessible destination playpark

We gathered feedback from over 1,000 people about our proposal for a new accessible destination playpark.

Overall, people were broadly supportive of the design proposed and equipment included but did not wish to pursue a playpark located on an area of land that is currently designated for events space. There was also a fairly strong desire to retain the ‘volcano’ feature.

View the results of the consultation work.

Based on that feedback, we applied for planning permission that included:

A new accessible destination playpark
  • Situated on land to the west of the visitor centre, between the current playpark and designated events space.
  • The footprint will begin to the south of the Fairy Trail footpath and extending to the current playpark’s ‘volcano’.
  • It will include over 80 activities, including several accessible pieces of play equipment, and be able to accommodate over 200 users at the one time.
  • Plans include a ‘sensory dome’ for all ages and abilities to play together. It combines climbing with a range of sensory play and would be the first of its kind in Scotland!
Better integration with the nearby new natural play space:
  • A ‘volcano’ feature that is in keeping with the new natural play space for that area, allowing the much-loved characteristic to be retained.
Visualisations of the new play park

Planning consent was granted in October 2023 and work will start on site in the coming months.

We are aiming for construction work to be completed in Spring 2024.

The current playpark will close on Monday 30 October when work begins on site. However, the contractor is providing temporary play equipment, to be located on the grass area near the visitor centre, while the new playpark is under construction.

The approved planning application which includes detailed layout designs is available to view in the online planning portal.