INVERKIP residents are celebrating a £70,000 state-of-the-art playpark to complete a community hat-trick in the heart of the village.

The new facility follows the opening of the community hub and the 3G all-weather pitches.

It was opened by Councillor Ciano Rebecchi, who was joined by parents in welcoming the new facility.

It comes after residents fought for years for more facilities following the closure of the pavilion.

Inverkip dad-of-two Gary Dewar, from Swallow Crescent, said: "We have stayed here for ten years and it is great to see more community facilities.

"The park looks great and we will use it a lot.

"It is something really good for the whole community."

Gary visited the newly opened park with his daughters Ellie, six, and Ava, one.

He added: "We also use the hub all the time for dancing classes, the library and birthday parties just about every other week.

"There was nothing for the kids before."

Councillor Ciano Rebecchi believes the new facilities are bringing the Inverkip community together like never before.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted the way things are going in Inverkip.

"It has taken a long time to get all the facilities but it has really brought people together.

"They are starting to use everything."

The Inverkip Community Hub is already an established hive of activity, with everything from educational classes to knitting bees and keep fit.

There are events for parents and children, cinema screenings and much more.

Functions are being held there and the hub recently hosted a book launch by football commentator Archie MacPherson.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, communities and education convenor, said: "It is brilliant to see the multi-use games area pitches, playpark and community hub all together."