It’s a walk in the park

Boost in fi­nal play push

Strathearn Herald - - HERALD VIEWS - Lynn Duke

A spokesper­son for Friends of MacRosty Park has told the Her­ald that the in­stal­la­tion of all abil­i­ties play equip­ment at Crieff’s land­mark green space could be in place in time for next sum­mer.

The group is cur­rently on a fundrais­ing drive to pro­vide spe­cial­ist swings at the pop­u­lar park and was re­cently given a boost when it was pre­sented with a cheque for over £900 by chair­man of Crieff High­land Gath­er­ing Ian Ste­wart.

Mr Ste­wart said it was a plea­sure to hand over the cheque for £ 910 on be­half of CHG. He ex­plained: “Ev­ery year, Crieff High­land Gath­er­ing or­gan­ises a raf­fle in the cor­po­rate mar­quee on Games Day with all pro­ceeds go­ing to a lo­cal char­ity or group. Al­though we have spon­sored the High­land Fling in the Park over the last few years, this year we de­cided that the quest to raise funds for All Abil­ity equip­ment by Friends of MacRosty Park was such a great cause that this was de­serv­ing of a bit more than just spon­sor­ship. There was a great re­sponse from our cor­po­rate guests and we are truly de­lighted to hand over £910.”

Friends of MacRosty Park and their sup­port­ers are de­ter­mined to see four all abil­i­ties swings in­stalled so that ev­ery­one is able to play in the park. But the equip­ment and its main­te­nance are costly.

Chris Mackin­tosh, chair of FoMP said: “The Friends of MacRosty Park are still await­ing on an agreed fi­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tion from Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil – af­ter which the con­tract will then be put out to ten­der. We are keen, if at all pos­si­ble, to se­lect a lo­cal build­ing firm. We have cur­rently raised nearly £65,000, against a tar­get (we think) of circa £90,000. So we need a fi­nal big push to get us over that fin­ish­ing line. As­sum­ing PKC can main­tain their promis­ing for­ward mo­men­tum, we are hop­ing that the nec­es­sary ground­works can start early in the New Year, and for the project to be de­liv­ered late spring or early sum­mer 2018.”

● A crowd fund­ing page has been set up to do­nate to the project at www. just­giv­ing. com/ crowd­fund­ing/fomp.

We are keen to se­lect a lo­cal build­ing firm . . . FoMP

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