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Dalkeith Country Park invests £285,000 in new ‘Sky Maze’ at Fort Douglas

Dalkeith Country Park invests £285,000 in new ‘Sky Maze’ at Fort Douglas

11th September, 2018

The £285,000 ‘Sky Maze’ – which begins construction this week – features a thrilling sky-high network of twisting, turning walkways, treehouses, ramps, rope bridges and huge slides created for the bravest of young adventurers and the young at heart.

Inspired by the original playground at Dalkeith Country Park, Sky Maze is designed to evoke the nostalgia of those who have fond memories of the original playground – renowned for its scope for adventure and sheer height.

The Sky Maze, with its swinging jungle bridge, invisible floor, scramble net and two five-metre ‘high slides’, will recreate that exciting outdoor fun for a new generation.

And with the new equipment open to ages five and over, locals and visitors can introduce their little ones, grandchildren, nieces and nephews while reliving their own childhood adventures at Dalkeith.

Remko Plooij, Dalkeith Country Park’s Commercial Director, said: “We’re thrilled to see the team getting started on the latest exciting phase of Fort Douglas adventure playground.

“We want the new Sky Maze to evoke a sense of nostalgia in those who fondly remember the original Dalkeith Country Park playground, as well as ensuring everyone enjoys plenty of fun and adventure high up in the trees.

“And we’re not just welcoming kids to have all the fun when the Sky Maze is ready next year – it will be suitable for adults as well as pushchairs, buggies and wheelchairs. So anyone who remembers the playground of days gone by can come along and enjoy the fun with the little ones in their own families.”

The investment takes the total spend on Fort Douglas adventure park to more than £500,000 since opening, and comes just months after a brand new structure inspired by Dalkeith Country Park’s historic orangerie – housing exciting zip wires – opened to the public.

The developments will be brought to life by Dalkeith Country Park’s owner, Buccleuch, and playground specialists Capco who also worked on the last expansion of the playground.

Fort Douglas was originally created as part of Buccleuch’s £8.9million investment in Dalkeith Country Park, which also included the redevelopment of the 18th century stables and courtyard into a truly unique retail, food and wellbeing destination, Restoration Yard.

Fort Douglas playground will remain open for the duration of the works, which are expected to be completed early in 2019.