A DUNFERMLINE charity's vision to create a play park for children of all abilities to play together has been officially opened.

Play As One Scotland's groundbreaking venture, in Pittencrieff Park, was formally declared opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday afternoon.

The £200,000 facility, which is located to the north of the Glen near the Dunfermline Carnegie Trust HQ, is the first of its kind in Scotland.

Finished in vibrant, bright colours, its features include a sensory and musical garden, an electronic outdoor play zone that contains five different games, a wheelchair swing, accessible roundabout and a multi-play structure.

Ms Sturgeon was given a tour of the play park and its features by Play As One Scotland chairman, Brian Rodger, who said: "It's been an absolutely fantastic day for the charity, and for the whole of Fife.

"It's one of these ventures that's been a wee while in the making, and we've jumped through a few hoops to get to where we are, but when you see the kids, able and disabled, playing together, you know that you've done the right thing.

"We're very happy."

The First Minister described opening the facility as a "brilliant time", and added: "Helping kids play together, regardless of disability, is very special.

"Well done to all involved."

In addition to fundraising, Play As One Scotland received grants from organisations such as Fife Council, the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, Fife Environmental Trust, the Mary Leishman Foundation, Amazon, TSB and the Thomas Cook Children's Charity to turn their dream into reality.

We will have the full story of the opening in Thursday's Press.