Play equipment brings new life to Sleepy Valley

Youngsters are enjoying the new play park equipment at Sleepy Valley
Youngsters are enjoying the new play park equipment at Sleepy Valley

CHILDREN are having a ball on the new play equipment at Sleepy Valley.

The school holidays and intermittent summer sunshine have seen hundreds flock to the area to enjoy the new attraction.

Costing £20,000, the upgrade included the installation of a multi-play unit at the existing play area, while an old slide was removed and basket swings added.

Community council chairman Richard Knight said: “Residents of Burnfoot are very pleased to see the new equipment which has been installed at Sleepy Valley, and it is already being well used by the younger members of the community and local groups such as Fairplay Burnfoot and Time2Chill Summer Programme.

“It has helped to enhance what has been an area of development identified within the local community action plan and addressed by Burnfoot Community Council and Burnfoot Community Futures.”

Funding for the project came through Scottish Borders Council in partnership with Lothian and Borders Police and NHS Borders’ joint health improvement team.

As well as the new equipment, which was secured with help from local councillor Stuart Marshall, the area has also benefited from new goal posts and picnic tables, while further improvements are planned to tidy the banks of the stream and fix the steps.

Councillor Marshall said: “This really is a play park that the youngsters of Burnfoot can be proud of. When I visited last Friday I couldn’t believe how many kids were enjoying the new facilities.”

Further work is being arranged to source another two picnic benches as well as giving the existing play equipment and two bridges a coat of paint.

Mr Knight paid tribute to everyone who made the upgrade possible. He added; “The community would like to extend our thanks to Jason Hedley (SBC parks manager) and Dougie Mallin (SBC parks development officer) for funding, support and swiftness in undertaking this project.”