While councillors also voted to decommission 56 play parks, there will still be 187 facilities across the Borders including a number of modern and inclusive play areas as part of Scottish Borders Council’s £4.8m play parks and outdoor community spaces programme.
The decision to retain 18 play parks across the Borders followed discussions with councillors on a ward-by-ward basis.
Lower Burnmouth, Burnmouth; Stebbings Rise, Eyemouth and Ainslie Terrace, Duns will be retained.
Lammerview, Chirnside; Hallydown Crescent, Eyemouth; Douglas Court, Coldstream; Lees Farm, Coldstream and Trinity Park, Duns will be decomissioned
The £4.8m play parks and outdoor community spaces programme has already seen a number of new facilities opened, including Coldstream play park.
The programme also includes plans for new play areas in Duns and Eyemouth.
Councillor Shona Haslam, SBC Leader, said: “There has been a lot of discussions and comments in local communities since we announced our play park strategy.
“However, I am pleased we have reached a conclusion which means 18 play parks identified as important within communities across the Borders will be retained.
“This decision means we can now move on with our exciting programme for play parks and community outdoor spaces.
“This programme aims to ensure young people of all abilities and ages have access to modern, quality and inclusive play equipment in order to get active in a fun environment, as well as encourage visitors to come to the Scottish Borders through creating new facilities.”
Councillor Robin Tatler,is SBC’s new Executive Member for Community Development and Localities – which includes parks and outdoor spaces.
He added: “Following the Coronavirus lockdown, it has been fantastic to see families get out and active by using our new play park facilities, as well as the new pump track in Hawick.
“The decision means we still have 187 play parks across the Borders and the Council can now make sure these facilities are maintained to the highest standard.”