Grant of £70,000 will bring life to playpark
Area to serve under-fives in Springhall and Whitlawburn
A Cambuslang nursery is among the first groups to secure National Lottery funding from the Our Place initiative.
Little Rascals Toddler Group in the Whitlawburn and Springhall areas has been awarded £69,542 to refurbish the playpark at Whitlawburn Community Resource Centre.
After previously receiving a minor grant for a feasibility study, the group has now been awarded a full grant to compete the work.
The equipment currently available at the park is only suitable for children aged three and under, however the refurbishment will expand access to the park to children aged five and under.
Kim Gogarty, chairwoman of Little Rascals Toddler Group, said: “Being awarded this grant will bring wide smiles to the children of the wider Whitlawburn and Springhall community as the existing park has been greatly underused, owing to a severe drainage problem and lack of suitable equipment.
“Little Rascals will use the park regularly with the children benefiting from outdoor play in a purposebuilt play area suitable for under-fives, also learning to share with each other and create friendships.”
Announcing the funding, Big Lottery Fund Scotland chair Maureen McGinn said: “The people of Whitlawburn and Springhall have reached important milestones today in receiving the first Our Place awards. Our Place gives local people a say on how National Lottery money is spent in their area, and this project is an excellent example of how local people can realise their visions for their communities.
“I wish the Little Rascals Toddler Group the best of luck, and look forward to hearing about the positive impact of the spaces they will provide for children and people to socialise with their peers and develop new skills.”
Follow Whitlawburn and Springhall’s Our Place journey here: https:// www.facebook.com/ our place whit law burn andspringhall/