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Playpark latest fun feature for Lochshore

Posted on 28 Mar 2024

THE latest exciting development at Lochshore Park is now underway.

Work on the new bespoke natural play area - just a few steps from the new Lochshore Park Hub – has started.

This lively addition to the Lochshore parkland destination will provide a wide range of play equipment within a nature inspired landscaped surrounding.

The playpark has been designed by Hirst Landscape who have delivered a number of projects across Scotland over recent years.

Construction will be carried out by Landcare Solutions and is expected to be complete by the summer.

Councillor Tony Gurney, Cabinet Member for Green Environment and Economy, said: “We are delighted with how things are progressing at Lochshore.  The playpark will be another great addition and will add to the offering at the site.

“Last year, the 5km loop was completed and is being widely used by people out on a walk, run or cycle. And of the course the visitor hub is proving really popular and a great place for families to stop off for a refreshment.

“We look forward to seeing the completed playpark being used by lots of happy young people.”

Lochshore is one of North Ayrshire Council’s key regeneration projects.

Lochshore Park Hub opened in 2022 and includes a dog-friendly café which provides food, cold and hot drinks, essential amenities such as restrooms, a Changing Places toilet and baby-changing room, , changing rooms and more. There is also a  community room which is proving popular and can be hired for events and meetings.

A major tree-planting project is also underway with approximately 17,000 trees planted.  Complementing this is a community woodland which has seen approximately 2,400 trees planted.

The 5km loop was completed last year and has benches which allow you to take a moment out of your day to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. For young people, there are hidden play areas, where they can get creative and make things. There are number of play installations along the route such as stepping logs, timber structures for kids to climb or swing on and music-making posts.  There is also a hut and muddy sections to make “mud monsters”.

The active travel route was also completed in the first phase of development linking Lochshore Park to the NCN7 Cycle route.