Plans to create a “pensioners’ playground” in a North-east town are gathering pace.
The facility is planned for Portlethen’s Burnside Park, beside the children’s play area, on land allocated by Aberdeenshire Council.
Inspired by other pensioners’ playgrounds across the UK, the idea is to give older members of the community a place to socialise and take light exercise.
It is to feature free to use fitness equipment to help older people stay active.
Paul Melling, 78, a member of Portlethen and District Community Council leading the project, said: “The idea came about because of pensioners who might look after grandchildren.
“Often, we take children to the park, and if we have a pensioners’ playground, it means the grandparents can have a bit of exercise and a chat too, instead of just sitting around.
“So many older people who have retired find themselves sitting around and don’t really get out.
“I thought it was a brilliant idea and we should have something like that here,” he added.
As the initiative gathers steam Mr Melling is now trying to encourage more people to get involved.
He said: “£1,000 has been set aside by the community council and we’ve made an application to the Meikle Carewe Community Fund for £2,500.
“I’ve been around three organisations for older people in Portlethen – Young At Heart, Dementia Friendly and the Friendship Club.
“All have shown interest, so now what we’re really looking to do is get together a steering committee and have members of the community to back the initiative.”
The Meikle Carewe Community Fund provides money to projects which benefit the communities living in the community council areas of South Aberdeenshire.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “We were approached to assist in identifying a suitable location for this project and are pleased to have recommended a section of Burnside Park in Portlethen for adult outdoor exercising equipment to be installed.
“Initiatives such as these are a great way for people to come together to keep an active body and mind.”