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Dalkeith welcomes WithKids Playground Project to Fort Douglas

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Fort Douglas, within Dalkeith Country Park, last week played host to the inaugural Playground Project visit – organised by WithKids and WHALE Arts.

Fifteen children and some parents had the opportunity to try out Fort Douglas as part of a new project by child mental health charity, WithKids, and community-led arts charity WHALE Arts.

The children, all aged between three and 12 years of age and from Hailesland and Murrayburn, had the opportunity to ride the new Fort Douglas zip slides, scale the playground’s walkways, and take shelter in its showpiece treehouse.

The creative play project aims to allow the children involved to set out their vision and design for a community park, with a string of playground visits – kicking off with Fort Douglas – lined up to inspire the children and feed their imaginations.

Julie Merrilees, Visitor Services Manager at Dalkeith Country Park, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome the kids to Fort Douglas for their first official visit of the Playground Project. We hope it has given them plenty of inspiration when it comes to designing a play space of their own.”

Emile Van Loo, Edinburgh Manager of WithKids, said: “The children were absolutely delighted to be welcomed to Fort Douglas to try out all the wonderful play equipment. Our aim is to have the children realise a vision and design for a playpark we hope to bring to life in the Hailesland and Murrayburn community one day.

“This first visit has given them plenty of food for thought and has made them realise just how fantastic a park can be – that the sky really is the limit. We’re very grateful to the team at Dalkeith Country Park for welcoming us and helping us enjoy such a lovely day.”

And the children were also impressed. Nine-year-old Sarah, who experienced Fort Douglas during the visit, said: “Fort Douglas was amazing. I wish I could live in the park and play there every day.”

For more information on WithKids, visit www.withkids.org or @withkidsscot on Twitter, and for more on WHALE Arts, visit www.whalearts.co.uk or @whale_arts on Twitter

To find out more on Dalkeith Country Park, visit www.dalkeithcountrypark.co.uk and www.restorationyard.com or check out the Park’s social media channels: Facebook @DalkeithCountryPark, Twitter @RestorationDCP, and Instagram @Restorationyarddcp.