New Glenelg play park wins cash back­ing

The Oban Times - - LOCHABER TIMES & OBAN TIMES -

A TWO-YEAR project to build a new play park in Glenelg has been suc­cess­ful af­ter Glenelg and Ar­nis­dale Devel­op­ment Trust was granted £ 35,000.

Wester Ross, Strath­p­ef­fer and Lochalsh Lo­cal Area Part­ner­ship has ap­proved EU match funding from the Highland Leader Project of £ 34,997.50 to­wards a new com­mu­nity park in Glenelg, tak­ing the to­tal amount raised by the trust to £ 69,995.

The project has been on­go­ing for the past two years, dur­ing which time the com­mu­nity has raised more than £ 8,000 through var­i­ous events.

Tina Martin, a di­rec­tor of Glenelg and Ar­nis­dale Devel­op­ment Trust, said: ‘The ex­ist­ing play area in Glenelg is very pop­u­lar but no longer fit for pur­pose as it floods and needs up­grad­ing.

‘The grant from Leader will al­low us to cre­ate a new play park ad­ja­cent to the cur­rent play site on land owned by the trust.

‘A group of like-minded par­ents got to­gether and said let’s do this. And now we hope to start work on the new play park in July.’

New in­no­va­tive pieces of play equip­ment will be in­stalled, along with safety sur­fac­ing. As the park is near Glenelg Brochs, the park will in­clude replica brochs seat­ing as well as new in­ter­pre­ta­tion boards to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about the Brochs.

‘ We hope the park will be­come a vis­i­tor at­trac­tion and gath­er­ing place for lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors,’ added Ms Martin.

The trust hopes to get chil­dren from Glenelg Pri­mary School in­volved with putting the rocks for the Brochs in place. ‘The park is such a big part of the com­mu­nity and the chil­dren don’t re­ally have any­where else they can go and play. They are all very ex­cited about the plans.’

The trust has worked hard over the past few years to seek other funding to bring the park back to life.

In ad­di­tion to Leader, funding has been awarded by Tesco Ground Works, Highland Coun­cil ward funding, Big Lot­ter­ies Fam­i­lies and Com­mu­ni­ties, Big Lot­tery Awards for All and His­toric Scot­land. The Wester Ross, Strath­p­ef­fer and Lochalsh Lo­cal Area Part­ner­ship has a bud­get of £ 506,688 to award to projects by March 2019.

Amy Mac­Don­ald, part­ner­ship chair­woman, said: ‘ We are de­lighted to sup­port this project.’

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