Plans are being made for an Aberdeen park to have a new “free and open” games area installed.
Webster Park in Kingswells currently has an artificial surface that must be booked before use.
However, the committee of the Kingswells Community Centre, which oversees the park, is aiming to replace the pitch with a multi-use games area (MUGA), which would be open to everyone.
The project is expected to cost about £60,000 and already has financial backing from Aberdeen City Council, which has given the committee a £15,000 grant.
Chairman of the committee Lindsay Kessack said: “Webster Park is in need of investment, and we have decided to invest in it by putting in the MUGA, for people to use it free of charge.
“We think that a wider variety of people will be able to use this as opposed to the artificial all-weather pitch.
“We’ve always known that the pitch had a certain lifespan, which it has come to the end of, and we have put money aside to reinvest.”
The new play area would see the site paved over and equipment suitable for both football and basketball put in, which would be available for use by local people at any time.
Mr Kessack said: “The idea is to have a free and open area, which is hopefully used by a wider group of people than the all-weather pitch.
“If you want to play football or basketball you can do that, or if you like something like tennis, you can do that in an area where it is safe to do so.”
The artificial pitch must be booked ahead of time, something that has been happening less frequently in recent times, according to Mr Kessack.
He said: “The pitch itself is now beyond its lifespan, and demand has gone down.
“When the pitch first opened, it was probably the only one in the area, and that’s changed.
“Now, with Kingsford looking like it’s going ahead, there will be even more facilities of that nature in the area.”
Steve Delaney, councillor for Countesswells and Sheddocksley, said: “Anything that’s encouraging greater use of the facility and making it accessible to young children in the community is very much welcomed.”