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Children's Play Areas

West Lothian Council offers all residents free access to safe, well maintained Play Areas and Outdoor Formal Sports facilities, located within open public spaces across all settlements.

Free outdoor play in particular offers a multitude of benefits such as:

  • Providing a break from increasingly busy family lifestyles, with children increasingly spending excessive time indoors or inactive
  • A freely accessible public facility, helping combat poverty and health inequalities
  • Outdoor play supports cognitive, physical and mental health, helping prevent long term health issues in childhood and adulthood
  • Providing an opportunity for safe social interactions, supporting development of self-esteem, emotional intelligence, social skills and creating a sense of community
  • Encouraging an early relationship with nature, a positive understanding of the environment and our responsibilities in its stewardship
  • Encouraging children to experience risk and challenge, develop resilience and build an understanding of the extent of their own abilities and skills
  • A place for carers and parents to meet and socialise, where they may otherwise struggle to find such opportunities, supporting wider community mental health & wellbeing

Our vision is for West Lothian to be a place for varied, sustainable, flexible, engaging and inclusive play, making use of both natural and urban settings in the most appropriate manner.

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Inclusive Play Areas in West Lothian

  • Armadale - Watson Park, EH48 3QD
  • Blackburn - Redhouse Place Green, EH47 7PY
  • Broxburn - Holmes Park Play Area, EH52 5LA
  • East Whitburn - Redmill Play Area, EH47 0JR
  • Fauldhouse - Eastfield Park Play Area, EH47 9EF
  • Livingston - Eliburn Play Area, EH54 6FL
  • Livingston - Melbourne Street Play Area EH54 5EZ
  • Livingston - Mosswood Community Centre, EH54 8JF
  • Polkemmet Country Park, EH47 0AD
  • West Calder - West Burngrange Play Area, EH55 8HF

Play Areas to be improved in 2024/2025

  • Bathgate - Burghmuir Park Play Area
  • Blackburn - King George V Park Play Area
  • Broxburn - Holmes Park Play Area
  • Broxburn - Kirkhill Play Area
  • Kirknewton - Kirknewton Play Area
  • Longridge - Longridge PS Play Area
  • Linlithgow - Oatlands Park Play Area
  • Linlithgow - Preston Park Play Area
  • Livingston - Almondvale Skate Park
  • Livingston - Deans Central Play Area
  • Livingston - Eliburn Park Play Area
  • Livingston - Knightsridge Adventure Play Area
  • Livingston - Gowanbank Play Area
  • Livingston - Melbourne Street Play Area
  • Livingston - Peveril Rise Play Area
  • Livingston - Stonebank Play Area
  • Pumpherston - Harrysmuir Play Area
  • Pumpherston - Old School Place Play Area
  • Stoneyburn - Our Lady's RC PS MUGA
  • Uphall - Uphall Main Street MUGA & Skate Park
  • Winchburgh - Craigton Park Play Area
  • Whitburn - King George V Park Ball Court & Play Area
  • Whitburn - Polkemmet Country Park Play Area

West Lothian Council's equipped play areas are inspected on a regular basis. In between visits customers are invited to report problems such as broken glass and damaged equipment to us by telephoning 01506 280000 or completing the online form.

Service Standards for Play Area Maintenance:

  • Inspect and maintain our play areas once every ten working days
  • Conduct  independent inspection of all sites at least once every 18 months
  • Make safe dangerous or vandalised equipment within 24 hours

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