The opening of the new play area at The Helix made a dream come true for two little girls – and thousands more.
Chloe and Karla King are the four-year-old twin daughters of the project’s programme director Mike King. The pair have heard about the greenspace initiative since they were born and refer to it as ‘Daddy’s Park’.
This week, they were delighted to be among the first to get to try out the new Adventure Zone playpark – and the Brightons pair gave it their seal of approval.
Although there is a special area for under fives, little brother Brody (10 months) will have to wait a little longer before he joins in the fun.
Built at a cost of £500,000, it is already proving to be a major attraction with thousands of youngsters and their families flocking to the latest Falkirk landmark.
The Adventure Zone features climbing structures with nets, three pyramid towers – the highest 13 metres – climb and wobble linked structures, mini trampolines, see saws, rope swings and roundabouts.
Project partners Falkirk Community Trust, SportScotland, Falkirk Environment Trust and Falkirk Council have been working with leading German play equipment manufacturer Richter Spielgate to create the new zone.
Opening as the school holidays got underway, it is the latest attraction at the £43 million Helix.
Maureen Campbell, Falkirk Community Trust chief executive, said it was a key element in the plans.
She said: “It provides us with the opportunity to deliver an imaginative and appealing outdoor adventure area which will bring a whole new dimension to the facilities at Helix Park.
“We have been delighted by the public’s reaction and with tremendous support from our partners, we are continuing to develop Helix Park into a world class facility which will deliver outstanding results for the Falkirk area.”
Designed to appeal to youngsters of all ages, the chief executive said with 300,000 visitors expected annually at The Helix, the Adventure Zone has “the potential to promote physical activity to a significant number of children”.