Have your say - Burntisland Links play park options

Fife Council is looking for locals and visitors to Burntisland to have their say on the new play park proposals for the Links.

Play is important for children’s health and wellbeing, and play parks provide important opportunities for outdoor play.Children in a playpark playing on a chute and standing waving

We’re currently reviewing the play options at Burntisland Links and would like to hear your views on two play park designs.

The current splashpad has reached the end of its safe operational life. This gives us the opportunity to replace it with a play facility that can be used all year round.

Convener of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee, Councillor Ian Cameron, said: “We’ve looked carefully at various options for the site but in particular we must consider the cost, not just of the new equipment but the ongoing maintenance costs; the environmental impact given we have declared a climate emergency, and we also have to make sure it’s accessible to as many people as possible throughout the year.

“A splashpad isn’t environmentally friendly given the water it uses, and the electricity needed to work the pump and replacing it would cost in the region of £450,000 which would leave a shortfall in the available budget. It’s also something that can only be used for six months of the year because of the cold, wet and frosty weather we experience for the remaining six months.

“However, a new, year-round, environmentally friendly, and accessible play park, metres from the sea, would cost in the region of £200,000, money we already have available without the need for additional fundraising which would further delay any replacement.

“Replacing the splash pad with a play park presents other opportunities to review the options to develop existing assets, for example, the toilets, in the links.”

You can let us know which of the two play park designs you prefer and what play equipment you and your family would enjoy the most, by:

  • Filling in our short survey at www.fife.gov.uk/BurntislandLinksPlayArea
  • Picking up/returning a paper copy of the form to the Beacon Leisure Centre and Burntisland Library/Customer Service Point.
  • Coming along to Burntisland Links on Thursday 11 July between 12pm-2pm to speak to us.

The deadline to have your say is Wednesday 31 July.