Play park lands cash wind­fall

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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