Playpark appeals for help from community

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The group behind plans to develop a children’s playpark on Aboyne village green is appealing to the community for support.

Despite generous sponsorship from two local groups, the project requires a further £28,000 if it is to become a feature of the Deeside community.

Working together with Aberdeenshire Council, ‘Aboyne Village Green Play Park Improvement Project’ aims to provide an inclusive play park offering an enriching and varied play experience for all children both resident in and visiting the area.

The project is endorsed by MSP Dennis Robertson, Faculty Head for Enhanced provision at Aboyne Primary and Academy school and Mid Deeside Community Council.

Support has already been granted by local charity Kate Lynne’s Wish, which has sponsored the inclusive basket swing in memory of Kate Lynne. Aboyne Baby and Toddler group are sponsoring binoculars on a post .

Project Manager Sarah Brown said: “This project will benefit all children from the village , children from local rural areas as well as those visiting. “Moreover this project benefits the whole community across generations and cultures including parents, families and carers, fostering understanding and acceptance and improving social health.”

The project aims to improve the range of facilities, equipment and play opportunity at the children’s play park, promote a sense of community pride and responsibility, and attract visitors to the area.

This will be done by refurbishing existing equipment in the park, adding benches and seating and including the whole community in the plans.

Community feedback was ascertained in the form of a questionnaire sent out to 92 local groups and organisations. The details and development of the project has also been discussed at Mid Deeside Community Council meetings since November 2013, and at Mid Deeside Limited meetings (minutes of all meetings are publicly available).

Face to face discussions were held with the community at the Mid Deeside Limited Open Day on March 29 2014.

Ms Brown said: “We would like to ask local individuals, businesses, groups and organisations if they would be able to consider making a donation to help with the realisation of the plans which will benefit the whole community.”

Please contact Sarah Brown Project Manager on 07793769948 or at sarah.hopkinson1@hotmail.co.uk for more information regarding donation.