Zetland Park, Scotland

A playground that honours history

A playground that honours history

The Scottish town of Grangemouth wanted a themed playground that would honour their proud history of the first-ever steamship, the Charlotte Dundas. They had an important wish: the playground needed to be fully inclusive to serve all children in the area while still creating a meaningful monument for the community. KOMPAN proposed to build a customized full-size replica of the Charlotte Dundas, as a play-ship with a focus on realistic equipment and inclusive features.

The new playground has proven to be a huge success, and the local community, including primary and high schools, frequently visit the playground. Because of the uniqueness of the playground, people, and tourists from outside the district also visit the playground to get a view of the Charlotte Dundas replica. 

A Playground with WOW-factor!

A Playground with WOW-factor!

The Charlotte Dundas WOWs the children by its realistic design and size! It is built with different features to make it as realistic as possible which encourage the children to engage in hours of role play. For example, the ship is equipped with a steering wheel and a telescope, and if you shout “Man overboard” you better hurry down the slide to get them safely onboard again on the Charlotte Dundas.

To meet the requirement of an inclusive design, both climbing nets and a ramp leads up to the deck. To make it even more fun, the fastest way from one side of the ship to another is by crossing a wobbly climbing net, which challenges the children’s balance, coordination, and physique. 









It has been fantastic to see so many families and young people enjoy this new facility, and feedback from users has been really positive. We know that this play area will be enjoyed by generations of parks users to come.



Allana Hughes 

Zetland Park Project Officer, Falkirk Council