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Ravenscraig Park. The playpark area has seen better days and needs upgraded but it’s a great park with a Castle, a beach and a coastal walk to Dysart.
Torryburn park has been up dated in the last 5 years. Durign the consultation the community were asked what would you like. You can have anything but swings (they are not popular anymore). What was the first thing the children asked for? Swings. Upgrading parks is a fabulous thing, however it must be designed with the age group who will be using it. The more you involve the local schools and community the more they will use it.
I live near St Ayles Park in Anstruther and this is a well loved, well used park. It is a small park and so is one that has been designated to lose its equipment once it becomes unsafe, which is very disappointing. It has been stated that a single piece of equipment is of 'little play value'. This may be true if it is, say, a single swing, but the 'single' piece of equipment here is a composite including slide, climbing, counters and a 'peep hole'. It has great play value and would be greatly missed. I am worried that once the rope part deteriorates - which will probably be the first thing - the equipment will be removed, instead of the rope being replaced. We are told that the current equipment will be replaced with 'natural' play equipment such as logs, but we have been given no examples of where this has been done, to see what it would really be like. I am also concerned about the retention of benches for those with the children to sit. We have already lost 3 out of 6 benches here.
Crail Play Park just off St Andrews Road plays an essential part in the lives of the local community. Its situation, right beside the primary school, makes it part of most children's daily lives, with a quick visit before the bell or a fun wind down at the end of the day while parents and grandparents get the chance to meet for a chat. It is also sited on the edge of the most permanently populated area of the village, within easy walking distance for the majority of children. As such a hub for play and such a social area the fact that it is in such poor order, with such a limited range of play equipment is a big let down. It must surely be one of the most used play areas around so when compared to so many others it is such a disappointment. I would like to see it upgraded from its status of maintain to improve and I am sure that many others in the community would agree. Finding the "lets talk" site and relevant information on play park strategy is not exactly easy or straightforward!
There are a lot of great PlayParks in Fife - although I spend less time at them now than I used to! Tentsmuir is exceptional and Tayport Common too - both have the benefit of being in or next to a National Nature Reserve so it is hard to think of a better location for a Playpark. Both have had a lot of investment in recent years and link to walks and cycling paths with amazing views and wildlife nearby.
For me when I was young was walking/playing in the woods.
Bankie Park in Anstruther is a favourite as the Community invested much time into redeveloping the area, fundraising involved large community events and people were passionate about the redevelopment. Equipment was selected based on what the children in the local area were wanting (local research undertaken within the school) and the result is a great park with equipment catering for all ages and great big open space for community events to be held. (Original comment by Anstruther Community Council)
Letham Glen in Leven is a fantastic, safe play park. The equipment covers most age groups, the only thing missing is equipment for the disabled. My grandson loves the gym equipment and would stay for hours on the basket swing (if I let him). He has autism and swinging has always been a favourite but there is only 1 basket swing in the park and I have to encourage him to let the other children use it too. Most parks only have 1 basket swing, which is a shame, when he was younger he couldn't use a normal swing. We always had to wait for the basket one to be vacated. (Original comment by Morag)