Forres residents asked for input on £50,000 playpark upgrade

Forres residents are being encouraged to share their views on what they would like to see in the Mannachie Park masterplan which is currently being developed.

Funding of £50,000 is currently available for the redevelopment of the play area in Mannachie Park and Moray Council is seeking input from the community as to what they would like to see included.

Rankinfraser Landscape Architecture have recently been commissioned to help prepare a development plan for the park, with the final design incorporating feedback collected from the community. The design will also guide the delivery of the various improvement projects anticipated for the area and once finalised will help attract future funding and resources to the park.

Have your say

Moray Council’s Open Spaces Manager, James Hunter, is encouraging residents to take the opportunity to submit their views on what they’d like to see in the park.

“We want to ensure we’re providing parks and open spaces that meet the aspirations and needs of the local community. There will be lots of opportunities for people to tell us what they think, and I encourage locals to have their say on how the park is developed.”

A survey has been created to capture residents’ views which can be accessed here. Paper copies of the survey can be collected and submitted from the Moray Firth Credit Union and Forres House Community Centre.

Moray Council’s Communities Team will also be hosting a series of information sessions across Forres throughout May, with the first being held at Tesco in Forres on Wednesday 4 May between 10.00am and 12.00pm.

Residents will also be able to share their views at two locations on Saturday 7 May.

  • Forres High Street between 10.00am and 12.00pm
  • Mannachie Park between 1.00pm and 3.00pm

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please get in touch by emailing

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9 thoughts on “Forres residents asked for input on £50,000 playpark upgrade”

  1. A play area like the Ardersier Play park. Lots of areas where small children can access themselves and also equipment for older children

  2. I think an enclosed fence around the perimeter of the park is required. It’s right next to one of the busiest roads in the town and lots of people walk up and down the path with their dogs which can make some people feel uneasy if their children are playing and a dog runs straight up to them

    • Yes second this, having a child that likes to run off, it would be great to have the park enclosed for the younger kids.

  3. The teenagers in forres need something to do. A decent skate park would be a massive improvement for a large percentage of children and teens. My children also really enjoy a zip line, the one in mannachie has been broken for a long time. They also enjoy a roundabout that will take multiple children (not like the small metal bowl like ones that hold 1-2 children) a large slide, a good number of swings. We also really enjoy having the small trampolines that are built into the floor (like at nairn park). My children are all big climbers so any kind of climbing equipment would be given a big thumbs up from them. I also feel it is important to have inclusive equipment like a swing, round about and other play equipment, we tried out the playpark at bellfield Park in Inverness which has inclusive play equipment and there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of inclusive play equipment between Fochabers and Inverness which is a real shame. I also agree with previous comments made that an outdoor gym would be popular and a perimeter fence to ensure children’s safety would be extremely beneficial.

  4. I would definitely agree with having a fence around the park for extra safety. Also, having more equipment available for children with additional needs, and disabilities – for example a bigger swing with safety harness, a sensory wall, outdoor toys for those on the autistic spectrum.


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