Community Use of School Grounds

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A pioneering Dundee project to allow people to use a number of city school grounds for play and sport is to be considered by the council on Monday (October 31). 

The move is being proposed to encourage families and children to be more active at facilities in their neighbourhood. 

Playgrounds and green space would be made available in the evenings and weekends at 15 schools initially. 

Extra bins and signage would be installed and council community safety wardens would assist with patrols. 

Policy and resources convener Councillor Ken Guild said:: “This is an exciting and bold move to assist people to be able to use some fantastic facilities in their communities. 

“Schools are much more than buildings now, they are at the centre of their communities and have now added facilities to meet news ways of play. 

“There are synthetic grass facilities at some schools along with goals and baskets. There are wide open grassy spaces that are great to play on. 

“I accept that there are some risks associated with doing this, but the benefits far outweigh these. 

“Issues like vandalism and dog fouling are all being considered, but so is the safety of children. 

“This is a way for them to enjoy the playground after school hours when the gates are open for them. 

“We should all be encouraging children and families to get outside in the fresh air, be active and have fun.” 

A choice was made of 15 school grounds/adjacent grounds that could be opened for public use from January 1st 2017.

 These are 

  • Ballumbie Primary School
  • The maintained green space adjacent to Fintry Primary School
  • Craigie High School
  • Craigiebarns Primary School
  • Blackness Primary School
  • Balgarthno Campus
  • Gowriehill Primary School
  • Hillside Primary School
  • St Ninian’s Primary School
  • Our Lady’s Primary School
  • Dens Road Primary School
  • St John’s High School
  • Kingspark School
  • St Marys Primary School
  • SS Peter and Paul Primary School 

Selection of locations was based on: 

  • where communities had little existing access to play facilities or green space and;
  • specific issues in relation to school sites (eg access, levels of vandalism)  

The policy and resources committee will be told that the council will continue to work to look for additional  opportunities to open other school grounds. 

All new build schools that are currently in the planning  stages have community access to the school grounds and green space built into the design concept so that these grounds they will be made available immediately on opening for community use. 

The policy and resources committee will meet on Monday October 31 to consider the proposal.

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