Play park ap­peal reaches £62,000 fundrais­ing tar­get

The Oban Times - - News - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­

CHIL­DREN in Tober­mory could ben­e­fit from a new play park from as early as Oc­to­ber, the play­park ap­peal com­mit­tee has re­vealed.

A £15,000 grant, com­bined with two years of fundrais­ing, has re­sulted in the £62,000 tar­get be­ing passed.

This means the com­mit­tee will be able to achieve all it had ini­tially planned and more.

A spokes­woman for the Tober­mory Play Park Ap­peal Com­mit­tee said: ‘We have re­cently been al­lo­cated a new con­tact within the cor­rect [Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil] de­part­ment, with whom the com­mit­tee met on site at the end of June, and we very much hope to now move for­ward with the ten­der­ing and pro­cure­ment process dur­ing July and Au­gust, re­sult­ing in in­stal­la­tion of the new equip­ment in time for the Oc­to­ber hol­i­days.

‘ We wish to thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity for their sup­port, and as­sure all those who have con­trib­uted in any way that we will keep you in­formed on progress, now we are fi­nally in the po­si­tion to make a new play park for Tober­mory a re­al­ity.’

Mean­while, Oban’s un­der­fives play park is half­way to be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

The Friends of Oban Com­mu­nity Play Park re­ceived a £2,000 do­na­tion from the Oban, Lorn and the Is­lands Health and Wellbeing Net­work.

This puts the to­tal amount raised to more than £ 50,000 – half­way to the £100,000 tar­get.

Chair­woman of the group Lyn­d­say El­liot said: ‘It’s fan­tas­tic. I had to dou­ble-check the fig­ure and make sure it was right.

‘I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted to re­ceive on­go­ing sup­port from the Health and Wellbeing Net­work. It was one of the orig­i­nal groups to sup­port phase one and pro­vided fund­ing for the open­ing party.’ After years of fundrais­ing, the five- to 15-year-olds play park was opened ear­lier this year.

Lyn­d­say added: ‘ We started fundrais­ing four and a half years ago and some of the kids [who will use the park] weren’t even born then.

‘ We get three-year- olds play­ing in the cur­rent park and they can just about deal with it, but as soon older kids come they have to get out of the way, so there’s an ab­so­lute need for an un­der-fives park.

‘ We looked at all the skills needed to use the big play park and we want to have things in the un­der-fives park that will help de­velop them.’

Alex El­liott and Anna Lo­gan stand on the swings with Elaine Craig, Edie El­liott, Abby Docherty, Fiona Sharples, Erik Turnewitsch, Kay Lo­gan an Lyn­d­say El­liott.

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