Peter Pan playpark opens in Kirriemuir

Neverland: Captain Hook is one of the characters in the park.
Neverland: Captain Hook is one of the characters in the park.© STV

The Angus birthplace of Peter Pan author JM Barrie has unveiled a Neverland-themed playpark.

The new play area in Kirriemuir was inspired by the classic children's fairytale, and has play equipment based on statues of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and a crocodile, a Lost Boys hideout, a pirate ship and aerial slide.

The play area at Kirrie Hill was created to mark the 150th anniversary of Barrie’s birth.

It was opened to the public by Councillor Ian Mackintosh, chair of the Kirriemuir and Glens Community Partnership Pilot Group, assisted by pupils from the local Northmuir and Southmuir Primary schools.

A new Peter Pan mosaic, created with the help of the local community, was also unveiled at the entrance to the park.

Councillor Mackintosh said: "This is a wonderful new facility for the people of Kirriemuir and Angus as a whole.

"It will be a long-term legacy of the 150th anniversary of JM Barrie, who spent his early youth in Kirriemuir and whose writing has brought enjoyment to many millions of people through the world.”

The £350,000 project, led by Angus Council with funding assistance from other bodies, includes a new Neverland play area, a heritage and nature trail, new picnic tables and improvements to the access road.

Councillor Colin Brown, vice-convener of Angus Council's neighbourhood services, added: "This will provide a fantastic facility for the people of Kirriemuir and Angus as a whole. We want to play our part in celebrating the 150th anniversary of J. M. Barrie, who spent his early youth in Kirriemuir and brought enjoyment to millions of people through his writing."
 

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