Play park lands cash windfall
TOBERMORY’S play park committee is celebrating after landing a cash windfall.
The play park appeal has been given £23,300 from SITA Trust plus £9,300 from Scottish Sea Farms.
The aim of the project is to rejuvenate the current play park in Tobermory to inspire children and encourage healthier lifestyles through outdoor exercise and social inclusion.
The committee says the funding will help transform the area into a valuable, well-used community asset.
Marion MacLean, chairwoman of Tobermory play park committee, said: ‘I can’t tell you how delighted we are to receive this funding from SITA Trust, which means we have reached our project target. The new play park will be installed for the October holidays, which will please the local children.’
Marianne Ivin, of the SITA Trust, added: ‘This project is a wonderful story of community spirit and determination. To hear the children didn’t have a suitable play park to call their own and were taking day trips to further away play areas was a real demonstration of need. We hope the funding will create a play park that the children are excited to use and one where they don’t need to pack a lunch to attend.’
John McCrae of Scottish Sea Farms, said: ‘ This fantastic community play area is going to be the envy of many a town. The children and families in the area are going to create such happy memories playing here.
‘ We are really pleased / we were involved at the start and have now helped to complete this amazing project.’
The SITA Trust provides grants through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, a source of funding which came into effect in April 2015. The scheme is linked to the Scottish Landfill Tax and encourages landfill site operators to provide contributions to approved bodies who can then pass the funds onto community and environmental projects.
Picture: Ewan Baxter Excited children in Tobermory are soon to have a new play park.