Our Stories - New Playground for Craigpark School

It's an adventure every time the children of Craigpark School in Ayr are taken into their garden.
Not every school can boast a picturesque corner of the playground that changes with the seasons.
In one of the biggest single projects to date, the Teddy Bear Foundation spent £13,000 on a major revamp of the outdoor activity area at the 28-pupil school.

Special tables were hand-made so that wheelchairs could slip underneath.
Shrubs and trees were shipped in to provide a multi-sensory backdrop.
And a wooden shelter was constructed so outdoor fun could carry on, even under Scotland's unpredictable climate.

The facilities are also open to the adjoining South Park School, which means 80 pupils in total can take advantage.

"The Government are telling us to use out of doors as a learning environment," said head teacher, Lorraine Stobie.

"So what could be better than the facility we now have?

"Seventy per cent of children at the school are in a wheelchair yet the outdoor tables we had did not allow wheelchair access.

"Sometimes, kids just need a quiet place to sit and contemplate. We also lose some children from time to time. In this spot, a tree will be planted so that we can remember them."

New Playground for Craigpark School

The Teddy Bear Foundation has transformed the playground at Craigpark School.

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