Joy as play­park reaches tar­get

The Oban Times - - FRONT PAGE -

TEARS of joy were shed when mem­bers of Friends of Oban Com­mu­nity Play­park dis­cov­ered they had se­cured the £100,000 needed to build an un­der-fives fa­cil­ity, writes David McPhee.

The Friends re­ceived the fi­nal £ 30,000 from the Suez Com­mu­ni­ties Trust last week af­ter mak­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion in Oc­to­ber.

The trust is an ‘eth­i­cal fund­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to mak­ing last­ing im­prove­ments to the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity life’.

Lyn­d­say El­liott, chair­woman of Friends of Oban Com­mu­nity Play­park told The Oban Times: ‘We made an ap­pli­ca­tion last year af­ter we picked up that Tober­mory play­park had got £23,000 for a smaller project.

‘The ques­tion peo­ple ask now is when it will be fin­ished, but it all de­pends on it get­ting into the coun­cil’s work­flow.

‘It [the coun­cil] has to do the whole project man­age­ment and there are so many peo­ple off sick who we’ve worked with be­fore. So we are strug­gling to get hold of some­one at the mo­ment.

‘This is the worst time of year to get some­thing done. The ac­tual build will only take around six to eight weeks.’

Af­ter find­ing out that the Suez Com­mu­ni­ties Trust ap­pli­ca­tion was suc­cess­ful, Lyn­d­say said: ‘I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted.

‘I was in tears – that was the same re­ac­tion from all the ladies in­volved.

‘It has been al­most five years, and by the time it is done it will be six years. It is quite an achieve­ment.

‘It is so good for the town and helps at­tract tourists. It is fan­tas­tic to get so much lo­cal sup­port.’

A gar­den area will di­vide the un­der-fives play­park and the five- to 15-year-old play­park which opened last Fe­bru­ary.

The un­der-fives park will fea­ture a spe­cial floor­ing that al­lows the Friends to se­lect from a more com­pre­hen­sive se­lec­tion of colours. Lyn­d­say is hop­ing to make the play­park bright and colour­ful.

It will also have a ‘ Tele­tubby-style mound’ com­prised of tun­nels and a slide, as well as a small boat, paid for by Scot­tish Sea Farms, re­flect­ing the de­sign of the big­ger park.

‘I just want to say thank you to ev­ery­one who has played a part,’ Lyn­d­say added. ‘How­ever, the job is not done yet, the fat lady has not sung.’

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