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Duthie Park adds another prize to its trophy cabinet


Aberdeen's Duthie Park has added another prize to its trophy cabinet after being named Top Major Park by Playspotter - a website which reviews and rates more than 5,000 play areas across the UK.

Duthie Park. The prize was issued as part of the website's inaugural Playspotter Picks awards which identifies the top 10 places to play in various cities and regions.

Since the completion of its 5million restoration, Duthie Park has collected awards on the local and national stages and seen visitor numbers reach record levels.

In September [2013], the park was honoured with the Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Play, the most prestigious award presented at the Nancy Ovens Play Awards, which recognise top quality outdoor play spaces.

Aberdeen Civic Society named Duthie Park Best Overall Project at its annual awards ceremony in October [2013], commending the craftsmanship that went into the restoration project. The Civic Society Awards highlight developments and projects that contribute to Aberdeen's built environment and public amenity.

Duthie Park also received the Jim Murdie Trophy for Permanent Landscaping 2013 from Beautiful Scotland and became the first in Aberdeen to fly the Green Flag – a Keep Scotland Beautiful prize seen as the benchmark for quality green space.

Duthie Park manager Alan Findlay said: "The Playspotter award is further testament to the efforts of park staff who work tirelessly, come rain or shine, to ensure the park is at its very best for visitors.

"The play areas are popular attractions within the park and we strive to ensure children and parents have access to the highest quality play equipment.

"I would like to congratulate everyone who has helped Duthie Park achieve yet another award and I hope to see many more visitors make use of these fantastic facilities in the coming months."

Aberdeen City Council Housing and Environment Convener Councillor Neil Cooney added: "This is great news. Park staff and the very supportive and proactive Friends of Duthie Park must be commended for the vital role they play in promoting the park to the wider community.

"We are grateful to everyone who has helped us achieve yet another award for Duthie Park and look forward to many more in the future." Duthie Park.

Friends of Duthie Park chairman Tony Dawson said: "The fact the park continues to pick up awards on a regular basis is great testimony to the hard work undertaken and a ringing endorsement to the top quality of the recent restoration work.

"The park has reported record visitor numbers for the opening quarter of 2014 and I have no doubt that is a trend that will continue going forward."

The Playspotter website was created by Gemma Sutherland, from Banchory, and her sister Gayle Veitch, from Aberdeen, with the aim of helping users find play areas close to where they live and read real-time reviews from other users.

Gayle said: "Duthie Park has always proved popular and it is wonderful to see the play facilities being brought up to such a high standard.

"Website users have commented how the park provides facilities for all ages, and the equipment encourages adventurous and imaginative play. Well done to all involved in the development and upkeep of the wonderful Duthie Park."