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Play time for Arbroath?

Russell Play created this design for a possible playpark at Hospitalfield.

Russell Play created this design for a possible playpark at Hospitalfield.

Arbroath children could benefit from a community campaign to enhance play provision in the town to the tune of around £150,000.

The Connecting Communities (C2) group is hoping to source enough volunteers and funding to improve facilities at Emislaw Park and Newton Avenue Park as well as the creation of a brand new playpark at a site in Hospitalfield.

Kevin Barthorpe from C2 explained: “The reason it came about was when the C2 group held an open event in the park and one of the things that came back was that the children said there was a lack of park facilities and it’s a follow up to that we’re looking at that possibility.

“The next step is the meeting on Monday, what we are trying to do is get a committee together to run the project.

“At the moment I’m taking the lead which is a lot of work for one or two people to do so we need a committee to take it forward.”

The public meeting will be held in Arbroath High School on Monday at 7 p.m. and it is hoped that volunteers and interested parties will come forward to help.

It is understood that equipping the parks will cost around £150,000 and the group will be looking at ways to source that.

It is expected that the project could take up to two and a half years to come to fruition and will feature equipment specifically designed for use by children with disabilities.

Currently Emislaw Park only has two functioning pieces of equipment while the park on Newton Avenue has just one.

Councillor Ewan Smith is getting behind the project. He said: “Obviously there are other areas in Arbroath which have just gone through a review of play parks in the last 18 months and some parks had equipment removed which was a difficult decision and not a great one at all.

“These are the areas that I feel are really needing it. I was quite vocal at the removal of equipment at Newton Avenue, there are a lot of kids there and I really thought there was a need for provision there.

“At Hospitalfield there are 500 family homes and a lot of kids and it’s been lacking for a park.”

Councillor Smith added: “If anyone feels really strongly and wants playpark provision I would urge them to come to the meeting because they are at the very early stages and they really need the public’s support to start getting the funding in place.”

 

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