Abysmal weather delays Pringle Park opening until May

Work started on a new playpark at Pringle Park Selkirk this week.

Work started on a new playpark at Pringle Park Selkirk this week.

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Selkirk’s new-look Pringle Park has became another victim of one of the wettest winters on record.

The opening of the £300,000 playpark for local children has been set back at least three months.

“We had hoped it would be ready for the Easter holidays, but sadly the weather has scuppered that plan,” Margaret Sweetnam, chair of Selkirk’s Playpark Project Scheme, told The Wee Paper.

“The plan was for this to be a four-month project. We started on site in October, so taking into account the abysmal and sustained wet weather, we’re not doing too badly.

“The main issue is that we’re now waiting for a good long break in the weather so that the turfing can be completed and we can give the new grass time to establish before the park starts getting used.

“Our play contractor, Eibe, need to come back and do some snagging (a week’s work) and they plan to be on site from 17 March. Then, if we get a good spell of drier, warmer weather, Rodger can get on with the 10 days work they need to finish.

“None of this can be done until the weather improves and we have a sustained period of dry weather – firstly to dry out the existing topsoil ,but also so that the turf is not being put onto saturated ground. After the turf is laid we need to keep pedestrian traffic off it for at least 21 days to let the roots take. This is all pointing to the park opening in May.”

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