Community day at Aboyne playpark

Project manager Sarah Brown says everyone pulled together to achieve the facility for the village.
Project manager Sarah Brown says everyone pulled together to achieve the facility for the village.

The culmination of a major community effort in Aboyne will be marked this weekend.

A fun day is being held at the local playpark on Sunday and the event will also celebrate the completion of the park improvement project.

For the community the outcome is more than I could ever have hope for

Sarah Brown Project Manager

The village green scheme was completed in two phases last October at a cost of around £93,000.

For project manager Sarah Brown Sunday will symbolise the formal completion of the playpark and an opportunity to thank everyone who was involved.

She told the Piper: “We are having a day to celebrate the completion of the playpark project and also the ethos of the project has been about community participation and inclusiveness.

“It’s been a very engaged project with the community, so the whole idea about the fun day is to celebrate what we have achieved together and to say to everybody ‘thank you’.”

The park includes a zip wire, inclusive basket swing, Eco rain wheel, binoculars, boulders, multi play unit, swirl whirl, inclusive roundabout and caters for children of all ages and those with disabilities.

It was a collaboration between Mid Deeside Limited, which helps with the development of projects of local benefit and interest, and Aberdeenshire Council and funding came through various grants, donations and community contributions.

Sarah, who has a six-year-old daughter, said: “It’s been a valuable project to be involved in and to run. For the community the outcome is more than I could ever have hope for.

“We have worked completely hand in hand with the council and we’ve had a great relationship. It shows how the community can work in partnership with a local authority in a really effective way.

“We have also had great support from all three of our ward councillors and Mid Deeside Limited. I think everyone is delighted with what we have achieved.”

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Peter Argyle praised the hard work that had gone into the project.

He said: “The brilliant new equipment shows what can be achieved when the community pulls together and works in partnership with the council and funding bodies, particularly when a group is led by a very determined and energetic individual.

“The work that Sarah Brown has put into this has been phenomenal. We owe her a great deal.”

The fun day is from 11am until 1pm and will include stalls, games and fancy dress.