Game on as Milngavie kids get new playpark

IT’S all child’s play in Mains Estate, Milngavie, thanks to a project which has transformed the park into a fun place to be.

Children will be delighted to see the brand new equipment which has been made possible by Mains Estate Residents’ Association (MERA) which raised £30,000 to fund it.

MERA, supported by East Dunbartonshire Council and many other organisations, has installed a climbing trail and wall, an orbit swing, a roundabout which can be used by wheelchair users along with able bodied children, and a springboard.

The group asked for feedback from residents at the beginning of 2009 to see what kind of facilities they’d like to see and then set about raising the cash for it. They arranged events including a ceilidh at Douglas Academy and a clean-up operation and applied for grants from several organisations.

MERA’s Rona Hooper is delighted that the work is now complete and that local families are already enjoying the new facilities.

She said: “We have worked very hard to make our ideas for the park into a reality.

“We’ve been able to make a real difference to the park and it is encouraging to see so many local people making great use of it.

“We all came together as a community and achieved something which is making a difference to the daily lives of many people.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped in any way to get us to this point.”

Provost Eric Gotts was thrilled to be cutting the ribbon at the opening of the new playpark.

He said: “The residents’ association has to be congratulated for its huge fundraising effort over several years for this. Local families will be really thrilled that the new facility is on their doorstep.”

Tarmac, which operates Douglasmuir Quarry, awarded them £5,000, they received £10,000 from the Lottery grants Awards for All, £10,000 from WREN, £1,000 from Milngavie Community Council, £1,000 from the local councillors’ ward fund, £3,000 from East Dunbartonshire Council community grants scheme, approximatley £1,300 from donations and the council’s roads and neighbouhood service also gave them financial help, expertise and labour.

Drainage at the park has been improved and the area has been fenced off and new hedges have been planted.

Milngavie Councillor Jim Gibbons added: “I was really pleased to be present at the opening and I enjoyed testing out some of the equipment.”

MERA would also like to thank the local police, community support officers and Clober Primary School for all their help.