Play area opens
Young people in Birkenshaw were delighted when a new play area opened at the weekend, next to the Sports Barn.
The community gathered to celebrate the official opening of this wonderful new facility organised by Birkenshaw Development Project (BDP).
There was a great turnout on the day with children receiving goodie bags and taking part in lots of fun activities.
The creation of this unique and dynamic play area was devised by local people, especially young people, and was achieved following extensive community consultation.
The centrepiece is a magnificent bespoke climbing unit surrounded by a range of equipment including a wheelchairaccessible roundabout, swings, trampoline and cable runway.
A separate fenced area allows the youngest children to play safely alongside everyone else.
The total budget for the development was £130,000 and included a grant of £50,000 from WREN’S FCC Scottish Action Fund and an allocation of £57,500 from Bellshill Local Area Partnership’s Local Development Programme.
Following the opening, Councillor Bob Burrows said: “This is a fantastic new facility for local youngsters to enjoy and is a direct result of North Lanarkshire Council working in partnership with the local community.
“I have been working with the Birkenshaw Development Project for three years now and it is great that something positive has come out of this.
“The project is made up of local people giving their own time and effort into making the park a better place for our community – well done to all of you.
“In addition to this new play area we can look forward to another positive outcome early in 2019 that will further enhance the park – watch this space.”
Sophie Cade, WREN’S grant manager, said: “We are delighted to support this development and pleased that our funding can provide such a fantastic play space for young people in Birkenshaw and across the wider community.”
The park is the culmination of three year’s work by the Birkenshaw Development Project.
Chairperson, Scott Hunter, said: “On behalf of the committee we would like to go on record to thank the people of Birkenshaw who helped guide us on the requirements for the park, Aitkenhead Primary School who have been brilliant support, our elected officials, North Lanarkshire Council Play Services, the CLAD Team and our funders who have been amazing partners in making this long held ambition become a reality.”
Grand unveiling The community gathered to celebrate the official opening
Donation £50,000 came from WREN’S FCC Scottish Action Fund