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New play area being built in the park
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New play area being built in the park

Nice to see this being moved back to the west end of the park. All we need now is the return of the old wooden roundabout removed about 20 years ago. Last time I saw it, it was still stored at the back of the Dingwall Library car park. Apparently it wasn't safe enough for modern kids. Never did us any harm - unless you count Colin Morrison falling off and landing on his head.
Picture added on 12 April 2007
I loved that roundabout! Spent many a happy time in the park. Nice to see it being done up again.
Added by Jess Alexander (nee Gunn) on 13 April 2007
Shame it didn't stay looking like this for long. only 2 days later and it's already scattered with litter and looking like an eyesore. I imagine it was built for young children but seems to be attracting large bunches of teenagers who are screaming obscenities from the top of it.
Added by Anon on 14 April 2007
My kids were excited about having a go on this new play equipment as we drove down the Denny into Cromarty on Saturday afternoon but quickly changed their minds when we saw the 8 or 9 teenagers with their carry-outs sitting all over it. I guess this demonstrates the lack of places to hang out or things to do for older kids but I really hope this is just part of the novelty value and that in time, it'll be left available for the younger kids it was built for to be able to use it without feeling intimidated or frightened off. PS. Have fond memories of that old, wooden roundabout too!
Added by Georgia Macleod on 15 April 2007
ahhhhhh yes !!! I remember the Wooden Roundabout ...in the Victoria Park ..to think it is still been stored somewhere after all these years ..what memories !!! ...speeding it up and making yourself sick trying to get off ....I wish the world had only that to worry about these days !!~
Added by John Macdonald on 16 April 2007
Perhaps it'll take a few of us grannies to ask (nicely, of course!) the teenagers if they'd mind getting off and letting the little ones have a go. Sounds as if the older ones aren't actually playing on it, just using it as a novel perch. Shame about the litter. Would it help if there was a bin close by as it's obviously too far to walk to the one outside the Victoria Hall!
Added by Fran Tilbrook on 16 April 2007
Oh, dear. Vandalised already.
Added by Colin on 18 April 2007
No it has not being vandelised already if you bothered to look it to it more Colin you would see in the local papers saying that it was a fault with way it was made, people should check the facts out before pointing the finger at the local young ones.
Added by Anon on 20 April 2007
Open your eyes, the roundabout didn't get ripped out of the ground by a three year old child playing on it. Watching some of the older children on the roundabout was like watching monkeys at zoo, it certainly wouldn't be described as playing. Why is there always somebody ready taking the responsibility away from these idiot children.
Added by Anon on 20 April 2007
Yes it was vandalised I watched them do it.
Added by Anon on 20 April 2007
Well anon, if you watched them do it you're just as bad - you should of either stopped them or phoned the police.
Added by Anon2 on 21 April 2007
I wonder what the P/C brigade would have made of the old May Pole that was just opposite Darkie's house, it was great just hurling yourself round it and launching yourself into the air. (good memories)
Added by Sue Florence on 22 April 2007
Young kids find it hard to reach the lowest rung or foothold to get started. The penny has just dropped: I think it's been installed about 8" too high. The metal part of the legs should surely be in concrete, below the ground, the wooden bits resting on the bark mulch? Just a thought...
Added by Fran Tilbrook on 13 June 2007
Teenage Kids would easiy have let the young kids on it if they are asked. One of the main reasons the teens are on there is because they have no equipment or things to do out at the park. I do agree that there is some bad teens but not all of them are bad!
Give Them a Break!
Added by Lilly .... on 13 July 2008
I think its ridiculous that people are crying away about "young ones" sitting on the brand new park. To them it is a complete novelty, which obviously will wear off. Rather than greeting away into their keyboard why not have asked them to move? Despite what has been implied they are not aniamals and would of course move if asked, and not bitten the head off the person who had politely asked them, which seemed to be the fear. And yes, a bin closer to the play area would make sense, if the litter issue is such a drama to you all.
"Young ones" are not intimidating, because that is exactly what they are. Some people should perhaps learn to grow a pair.
Added by Anon on 16 July 2008
I would LOVE it if someone could post a picture of the old roundabout!
Added by Isla Hill on 26 February 2009
5 years later, and the bark mulch has been massively topped up so that at last younger kids can reach the lowest rung of the climbing frame and the rope ladder without the need for aged grannies like me to heave them up! Of course the really young ones now have their own new little climbing frame and slide, but at least the 5+ age group can use the bigger frame and climbing wall more easily.
Added by Fran Tilbrook on 05 December 2012
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