Cash bid for park

Fundraiser launched

Hamilton Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FANIE MCCOURT

A ded­i­cated team of Hamil­ton com­mu­nity vol­un­teers have launched a Crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to boost their beloved park.

The Both­well Road Ac­tion Group (BRAG) have been in­stru­men­tal in lead­ing re­cent im­prove­ments at the park, but want to see the cam­paign step up a gear.

They have formed a five-year plan to re­gen­er­ate the park, which in­cludes an area for older chil­dren, a sen­sory gar­den, new sig­nage and im­prov­ing the band stand.

It is es­ti­mated the over­all pro­ject will cost over £100,000, with the first phase – climb­ing boul­ders and an as­sault course for youths and the sen­sory gar­den – cost­ing around £5000.

BRAG chair­per­son Peter Mcghee said: “We have con­ducted an on­go­ing con­sul­ta­tion in the lo­cal area and with park users to see what im­prove­ments can be made. It was clear that although the first phase im­prove­ments were wel­comed and much of the equip­ment is ac­ces­si­ble to all, there was no real pro­vi­sion for older chil­dren within the park or any­where to sit and just en­joy the nat­u­ral beauty of the park.

“To rem­edy this, the group want to raise over £5000 to in­stall climb­ing boul­ders and an as­sault course for older young peo­ple as well as an ac­ces­si­ble sen­sory gar­den.

“It is hoped that an ac­ces­si­ble sen­sory gar­den will be main­tained by lo­cal schools and youth groups and to take own­er­ship of the park. It will also cre­ate a safe and ac­ces­si­ble area for to re­lax and re­flect.”

In­di­vid­u­als can sup­port the work by do­nat­ing at www.my­park.scot/pro…/both­well-road-park-im­prove­ments

Do­na­tions can also be made by text. Just text the pro­ject code BRAG51 plus an amount to 70070 – for ex­am­ple, ‘BRAG51 £5’ to do­nate £5.

To find out more visit the BRAG Face­book page at www.face­book.com/both­well­road

Trib­ute The group in­stalled a me­mo­rial bench at the park in No­vem­ber

Happy bunch Vol­un­teers (front l-r) pic­tured last year in­cluded five-year-olds Alexis Mea­ger (left) and Li­ly­grace Mcghee. Back (l-r) Su­san Mc­neish, South La­nark­shire Coun­try­side Ranger; Jackie Mea­ger, Out­let Play Re­source, and Saman­tha and Peter Mcghee of BRAG

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