Community is urged to look after new play park

The opening of Pringle Park in Selkirk

The opening of Pringle Park in Selkirk

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The new Pringle Park play park is a major asset for local youngsters and the town in general, and needs to be looked after and treasured.

That was the feeling in the Royal Burgh this week after Sunday’s grand opening of the play facility which has taken six years of hard work and £330,000 in fundraising.

More than 300 parents and children flocked to the park’s opening, enjoying glorious summer weather.

Play park project vice-chair, Margaret Sweetnam, said the response from parents and children at Sunday’s opening had been amazing.

“And on Monday I was there with the P1 pupils from Knowepark, and what was really nice was seeing high school kids enjoying the park and helping wee ones on the equipment,” she said.

“Hopefully, others will be inspired by what the community has achieved here.”

As for several Facebook postings over possible vandalism, Mrs Sweetnam urged people not to get embroiled in scaremongering and said it was now up to the local community to help look after its new play park.

“There’s been absolutely no suggestion of that [vandalism] happening. There’s a lot of people using the park and generally going about to keep an eye on the place – but the point is, this is a community asset that a lot of people worked a long time for and which many people donated money to help bring about.

“So let’s be proud of what we’ve all achieved and look after it.”

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