Celebrations are under way in Oban at the news that the town’s only playpark is to reopen after a whole year of being locked up.
Children are currently unable to make use of the £334,000 award winning Oban Community Playpark, situated at Atlantis Leisure, due to a fault with its flooring.
The area for older children is the part which has been closed. The closest alternative is in Stirling, a two-hour drive away.
There was a hold-up while insurers investigated the cause of the problem and decided whether to pay out.
The facility, owned by Argyll and Bute Council, opened in February 2016 but closed in March last year when the flooring in the older children’s section began to split.
The community had raised the cash for the state-of-the-art facilities through fundraising events and grants.
Lyndsay Elliot, chairwoman of the fundraising group, was celebrating after learning the news.
She said: “On behalf of team playpark and Argyll and Bute Council, I am delighted to share that Wicksteed is going to fix the big play park flooring.
“It has been a long time coming. It is a result that they have finally got round to doing the right thing.
“We don’t know when exactly it is going to happen but hopefully it will be open again in time for the summer.”
Originally there was a much smaller park at the site, which only catered for children up to 10-years-old.
A spokesman for Argyll and Bute Council said: “An agreement has now been reached between the council and the contractor, which means that we will seek prices for the necessary repair work to be carried out on the understanding that the contractor will fund this work.
“We will provide updates on the timetable and progress of the works as they become available.”