WORK has started on a £200,000 project to install equipment at Inverclyde playparks to make them more accessible for children of all abilities.
The council investment will see 13 sites across the district upgraded with either a wheelchair-friendly roundabout, play ramp or both.
The work is permitted under the current coronavirus restrictions.
The park at Birkmyre Avenue in Port Glasgow is first, this week, with the other 12 sites to follow between now and March.
The play parks involved are:
Greenock -– Watt Street, Battery Park, Wellpark, Overton
Port Glasgow -– Birkmyre Avenue, Craigmarloch School, Coronation Park
Gourock -– Cove Road, Walled Gardens, King Street
Inverkip — Cullen Crescent
Kilmacolm -– West Glen Road
Wemyss Bay –- Community Centre
Councillor Michael McCormick, Inverclyde Council’s convener of environment and regeneration, said: “While it’s not the weather to go out and play, the improvements being carried out now mean our children and young people will be able to enjoy more accessible playparks when conditions are better.
“This is a fantastic investment by the council to increase inclusivity and will be beneficial to young people of all abilities.
“In the meantime, we must all stay at home as much as possible to try and slow the spread of the virus.
“Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we can enjoy things like our playparks more fully.”
The project has been delayed slightly because of the pandemic but work was finally able to get underway on Monday.
Inverclyde Council has spent around £100,000 on the equipment with a similar amount for the installations and associated works, such as fence, path and surface alterations.