Work on tots’ park starts in July

The Oban Times - - News - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

CON­STRUC­TION of the un­der-fives’ play park at At­lantis Leisure will get un­der way this sum­mer.

Chair­woman of Friends of Oban Com­mu­nity Play­park Lyn­d­say El­liot re­vealed that build­ing will start on July 17, and it will take ap­prox­i­mately five weeks to com­plete, weather de­pend­ing.

The con­tract of the build was awarded to Wick­steed - the same com­pany that built the ad­ja­cent five-to-15s’ play park and the gar­den area at At­lantis Leisure.

The park will fea­ture a num­ber of lo­cally-themed ac­tiv­i­ties, with some aimed at help­ing those tak­ing their first steps.

The project is be­ing de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with Argyll and Bute Coun­cil and At­lantis Leisure.

There will be a chance for a young­ster to etch his or her name into the play park’s his­tory books in June, as Scot­tish Sea Farms will be run­ning a ‘name the ship’ com­pe­ti­tion.

The friends raised a to­tal of £100,000 in or­der to pay for the chil­dren’s play park.

This was pos­si­ble thanks to Suez Com­mu­ni­ties Trust, Cr­erar Ho­tels Trust, Scot­tish Sea Farms, Oban Com­mon Good Fund and many do­na­tions from lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses.

In or­der to mark the com­ple­tion of the park, the friends will be host­ing a party along­side At­lantis Leisure, which hap­pens to cel­e­brate its 25th birth­day this year.

The joint party will take place on Oc­to­ber 1, will be free to at­tend and open to ev­ery­one - from ‘gran­nies to ba­bies’.

The play­park should take about five weeks to com­plete, with work planned to start on July 17.

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