VOLUNTEERS have prepared the groundwork for the final stage of the creation of an under-fives playpark at Atlantis Leisure.
A WILLING band of volunteers from SGN (Scottish Gas Network) helped create the groundwork for the next stage of the playpark development at Atlantis Leisure.
Staff were onsite at the playpark last week to clear the under-fives area and do some tidying up in the garden as part of their company’s community action programme, under which they donate a day’s work to benefit a good cause in the community.
Maurice Wilkins, who is heading up the voluntary Keep Oban Beautiful group, was also onsite to direct work in the garden.
Chairwoman of Friends of Oban Community Playpark Lyndsay Elliot explained: ‘Staff will be further involved in tidying up in the garden and we’re looking for volunteers to help with weeding and planting later in the year.
‘Aidan MacIntyre phoned me up a few weeks ago and offered their services and we were delighted to take up their offer.
‘ Wicksteed will be onsite from Monday July 17 for about five weeks to install the under-fives playpark.
‘ We plan to have a joint opening party with Atlantis Community Leisure on October 1 to celebrate its 25th birthday and to say thanks for completing the playparks after six years of hard work.’
Ms Elliot continued: ‘People can get in touch with Maurice via the Keep Oban Beautiful Facebook group.’
Ms Elliot also thanked Homebase and Rembrand Timber for donations of gravel and wood for the garden.
The under-fives playpark is the final piece of work undertaken by the playpark committee following the previous playpark being condemned for use by the local authority.
Altogether the group has raised £ 334,000. Ms Elliot continued: ‘I would like to thank all the local people, groups and businesses who have supported this project over the years.’
Volunteers take a break from their preparation for the playpark’s construction.