Gardenrose Primary now has new playground furniture thanks to North Carrick Community Benefit Company.
There is a vast amount of ground surrounding Gardenrose Primary School which is an ‘open space’ and accessible to the community.
Head teacher Jennifer Trimmings said: “Research shows that better health is linked to green space regardless of socio-economic status: rich or poor, your health is better.
“The more time people spend outdoors the less stressed they feel and people who use green spaces are more likely to take exercise than those who don’t, and the attractiveness or quality of green space is important: people don’t want to use neglected open spaces.”
She added: “We will continue to develop the Gardenrose Community Playground for the whole community as our ultimate aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of our pupils and local community which will also encourage positive social interactions and engaging with the green space in the local vicinity.”
This phase of the development of the playground includes safe and secure outside benches and picnic benches throughout the school grounds. Some of the benches are specifically designed to ensure that young people in wheelchairs are able to access the same social seating areas as their peers.
There are also table top games which will be located on the picnic benches. This will enable pupils to develop their skills in playing table top games such as snakes and ladders and chess as well as develop their socialising skills. These will be accessible to the general public as well as school pupils.
Mrs Trimmings continued: “Through the table top games we aim to foster and build relationships between parents and their children and parents can participate and encourage social interactions during trips to playgrounds, children benefit from positive adult guidance in social situations.
“With the seating areas, adults/parents will be able to sit and enjoy the outside whilst watching their children play.
“We are also striving to enhance, expand and foster links within the Maybole community. Through the project we aim to not only encourage children bonding during school time but also for people in the vicinity. We want to be known as having an inclusive playground that caters for the whole community - where children can play safely and parents can watch as well as socialise.”