Play area opens

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Young peo­ple in Birken­shaw were de­lighted when a new play area opened at the week­end, next to the Sports Barn.

The com­mu­nity gath­ered to cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial open­ing of this won­der­ful new fa­cil­ity or­gan­ised by Birken­shaw De­vel­op­ment Pro­ject (BDP).

There was a great turnout on the day with chil­dren re­ceiv­ing goodie bags and tak­ing part in lots of fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

The cre­ation of this unique and dy­namic play area was de­vised by lo­cal peo­ple, es­pe­cially young peo­ple, and was achieved fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

The cen­tre­piece is a mag­nif­i­cent be­spoke climb­ing unit sur­rounded by a range of equip­ment in­clud­ing a wheelchairac­ces­si­ble round­about, swings, tram­po­line and ca­ble run­way.

A sep­a­rate fenced area al­lows the youngest chil­dren to play safely along­side every­one else.

The to­tal bud­get for the de­vel­op­ment was £130,000 and in­cluded a grant of £50,000 from WREN’S FCC Scot­tish Ac­tion Fund and an al­lo­ca­tion of £57,500 from Bell­shill Lo­cal Area Part­ner­ship’s Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme.

Fol­low­ing the open­ing, Coun­cil­lor Bob Bur­rows said: “This is a fan­tas­tic new fa­cil­ity for lo­cal young­sters to en­joy and is a di­rect re­sult of North La­nark­shire Coun­cil work­ing in part­ner­ship with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“I have been work­ing with the Birken­shaw De­vel­op­ment Pro­ject for three years now and it is great that some­thing pos­i­tive has come out of this.

“The pro­ject is made up of lo­cal peo­ple giv­ing their own time and ef­fort into mak­ing the park a bet­ter place for our com­mu­nity – well done to all of you.

“In ad­di­tion to this new play area we can look for­ward to an­other pos­i­tive out­come early in 2019 that will fur­ther en­hance the park – watch this space.”

So­phie Cade, WREN’S grant man­ager, said: “We are de­lighted to sup­port this de­vel­op­ment and pleased that our fund­ing can pro­vide such a fan­tas­tic play space for young peo­ple in Birken­shaw and across the wider com­mu­nity.”

The park is the cul­mi­na­tion of three year’s work by the Birken­shaw De­vel­op­ment Pro­ject.

Chair­per­son, Scott Hunter, said: “On be­half of the com­mit­tee we would like to go on record to thank the peo­ple of Birken­shaw who helped guide us on the re­quire­ments for the park, Aitken­head Pri­mary School who have been bril­liant sup­port, our elected of­fi­cials, North La­nark­shire Coun­cil Play Ser­vices, the CLAD Team and our fun­ders who have been amaz­ing part­ners in mak­ing this long held am­bi­tion be­come a re­al­ity.”

Grand un­veil­ing The com­mu­nity gath­ered to cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial open­ing

Do­na­tion £50,000 came from WREN’S FCC Scot­tish Ac­tion Fund

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