Works complete – King George V playpark

Soon to be officially opened, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust have been working on a brand-new play area at the south end of the Rodney Street tunnel in King George V park, right alongside the cycle path and on the edge of the New Town.

Once a railway turning yard, a coal yard and part of the rail connection between the old Canal Street Station (next to Waverley station) and Leith, Granton and Newhaven, the old yard is now a new recreation site for older children (11-14) and tries to offer something unique and exciting to Edinburgh (younger children already have their own playpark in the park).

Developed in conjunction with Friends of King George V Park, local police and the city council, and designed and developed by ELGT, it was funded with support from BIFFA Awards, CEC and Friends of King George V Park.

There is plenty on offer, and the site makes full use of the steep bank at the back with an upgraded climbing wall as well as other climbing equipment, paths and landscaping. The outdoor table tennis table and basketball hoops from before are still there!

There is more about the background to the installation in the Broughton Spurtle.

Mark Sydenham
Mark Sydenham

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