Philiphaugh Community School has been awarded £248,750 to help update and expand the neighbouring Bannerfield Play Park.
The revamped park will feature a large all-weather multi-use games area (MUGA), brand new play equipment and a network of tarmac walkways, connecting to footpaths being constructed as part of the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.
Bannerfield Active, as the project is being called, is being led by Philiphaugh Community School, and was made possible by a grant from Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s Community Spaces scheme – part of a wider £10million investment to 59 projects across Scotland.
Grace Frew, headteacher of Philiphaugh Community School, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole school and the local community. The children have been very much involved and are very excited that funding has been awarded.
“It is wonderful that Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s Community Spaces grant has recognised the strong community spirit in Bannerfield and everyone is looking forward to the improved facilities this funding will deliver.”
The newer of the play park’s two existing swing sets will remain, with the older set being removed to make space for new play equipment.
Pupils, parents and local residents were consulted on what they would most like to see in the revitalised space, with swings, monkey bars, slides and a zip wire proving popular choices with the children.
The Bannerfield MUGA, measuring 29m x 14m, will be suitable for a variety of sports, including football, hockey and basketball. Once complete, the fenced play park area will be accessible to pupils directly from school grounds via a new gate and tarmac pathway, and to the wider community through separate gates.
Selkirk Councillor Vicky Davidson, Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities, said: “This is great news for the whole area and it is going to be so exciting to see this new, fantastic outdoor space take shape over the next few months.
“This has been a fun project to be involved in, with a lot of input from local children and their parents. I’m delighted that the funding is now in place for the new playground to be built this summer.”
Four other Borders projects share a further £649,792 in grants from Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces Scotland scheme, Morebattle Village Hall (£81,849) and Fountainhall Village Hall (£250,000).
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “Our Community Spaces programme allows local people to get together and shape their neighbourhood by making better use of outdoor and indoor spaces.”