Aden Country Park to open new play area

Aden Country Park in Mintlaw will open their new children’s play facilities next week. A large section of the new play area will be opened to the public to enjoy with the launch of the completed playpark being planned for September. 

The first phase play area launch includes a range of play equipment aimed at children of all ages including a double cableway (zip slide), basket swing, carousel, springers, seesaw, five-way swings, sand diggers, farmer’s den, jeep and petrol station, and activity unit. It will be open to the public from 11am on Wednesday 3 July 2019. Most of the installed equipment is DDA accessible, with additional wheelchair accessible and range of other play items being installed later in the year.  

The new play area has been developed as part of the £2.13 million Aden Country Park project supporting the major restoration and redevelopment of both Aden’s historic buildings and landscape, improving park facilities such as the creation of the children’s play area, as well as planned improvements to park interpretation, accessibility and signage, and a programme to enhance biodiversity.

“In June of 2018 it was announced that Aden Country Park had been awarded £1.25 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) with the rest of the funds coming from non-cash contributions, volunteer time, developer obligations, and funding support from Viridor Credits, FCC Communities Fund, EB Scotland, Macduff Shellfish, Claymore Homes, Macbi Community Hub, Bancon, Saplinbrae, Colaren Homes, Mintlaw Vets, Friends of Aden and investment from Aberdeen

Local Councillors, the Project Team, Landscape Services staff, Friends of Aden, and the local Mintlaw and Pitfour Primary Schools will all attend the official opening ceremony with the primary schools being given the opportunity to be the first children to enjoy the fantastic new play facilities.

Cllr Norman Smith, chair of the Buchan Area Committee said: “The opening of the new play area marks the completion of the first strand of the wider Aden project. It’s a real boost for the park and I’m sure the play area will prove to be a very popular attraction for visitors and the local community alike.”