Grant of £70,000 will bring life to play­park

Area to serve un­der-fives in Spring­hall and Whit­law­burn

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Edel Ke­nealy

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/

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