Fort Douglas Playground at Dalkeith Country Park

Location: Scotland

Form of Contract: Commercial

Children are set to embark on a journey of discovery and adventure at a ground-breaking new Fort Douglas playground designed and built by Blue Forest at Dalkeith Country Park in Scotland. The magical park, which could have been plucked straight from the dreams of big kids and tiny tots alike, is part of a £4m redevelopment programme at Dalkeith.

An innovative playground which will delight and inspire children of all ages…

The Fort Douglas playground is enjoyed by locals who treasured Dalkeith’s previous play area for generations, but also attracts visitors from across Scotland and beyond with its unique design and creative play features. The 1,000 sqm adventure park aims to capture the imaginations of youngsters who love to explore, discover and play make-believe, with a host of exciting features designed to add inspiration to their playtime.

The centrepiece of the Fort Douglas playground is The Look-Out Treehouse, a spectacular hideaway with a mysterious, whimsical theme. Featuring a turreted roof with a maze of fanciful rooms and tunnels to explore, kids can navigate their way through the wooden wonderland to an impressive look-out platform at the top. An adventure zone for older children incorporates a network of exciting high-rise walkways, balance blocks, log walks, jungle climbers, jumping discs, swings and slides. The new adventure park also includes a toddler area featuring a fun wooden carved duck family, miniature train and a smaller treehouse-style den.

An exciting network of walkways, tunnels and slides…

Access to the Fort Douglas playground is via an entrance bridge with a special ‘children only’ feature – a kid-sized mesh tunnel runs from one side of the structure, disappears underneath it, and re-joins the bridge on the other side – its a thrilling experience to sit suspended above the river with the water running and splashing below you.

Edward Morris, Estate Manager at Dalkeith Country Park, said: “The previous play area was immensely popular with visitors from the local area and further afield, so we’ve made sure that the new Fort Douglas playground is bigger and better than ever before. We’re sure that locals and visitors are as excited about the new park as we are and can’t wait to see children and parents’ reactions to it. The adventure playground is one of the cornerstones of our multi-million pound redevelopment plans for the Park and will contribute to making it a real five-star visitor attraction. We’re also planning to introduce a retail and leisure zone in the Stableyard, plus new activity-based features and upgraded walking and cycling trails.”

 

 

Watch our video to see how the footbridge was lifted into place at Dalkeith Country Park:

 

 

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