Barrhill’s Arnsheen Park set for six figure refurbishment

Villagers in Barrhill are set to benefit from a new £220,000 redevelopment of Arnsheen Park over the next few months.

That’s after they voted on a winning design at an open day on Saturday.

As reported in last week’s Carrick Gazette, the Barrhill Community Interest Company recently purchased the land from Solway precast and have spent the past few months working with design teams and contractors to come up with options for Arnsheen Park.

The plans were laid out to the community on Saturday in the memorial hall with the meeting being attended by more than 40 people.

A clear winner was chosen with exciting plans now set to be developed by the UK’s leading play-park developers Hags and SMP in conjunction with the community interest company. The winning design chosen by villagers shows details for a park clearly designed with children in mind.

The refurbished Arnsheen Park is set to feature a 20m by 10m multi-use games arena which will be big enough to play five-a-side football in, an adventure trail, a double zip line which children and adults can race down and a playground which will be the centrepiece of the refurbishment and will be the only one of its kind in Scotland.

The park is also set to be well used by the pupils and staff at Barrhill Primary with an outdoor classroom area part of the plans along with a stage, seating and sheltered area.

And as you come into the park there will be an outdoor BBQ and picnic area for people to enjoy whilst there is also a specialised toddler play zone featuring a slide and many other pieces of equipment.

Arnsheen Park will also be home to many swings including – both flat and cradle seated ones – in a project that is set to be self-funded by the Barrhill community interest company.

They are keen to involve the community in more decisions after the long-running saga of the car park in the village.

The company is set to meet with the designers next week with a view to starting the work in June and they hope to finish the work that same month in time for the school holidays.