Since 2014 Moniaive Initiative has been working with the local community to decide and implement improvements to Macara Park. The first phase of improvements will focus on the children’s Play Area.
A newly-formed group, the Friends of Macara Park, held work-parties in Summer 2016 to clean the existing play equipment and pressure-hose the safety surfacing. We also had a fun morning of children’s activities in the Park at Easter 2016, and hope to hold more events soon.
Following local consultation, we selected Playdale to install the new equipment. A dedicated Toddler Area will consist of a multi-play climbing frame, along with two springies, aim at pre-school age children. The existing equipment for older children will be supplemented by the addition of an Aerial Runway. The project will cost in the region of £32,000 to deliver.
In September 2017 we finally reached our fundraising target, thanks to the following generous grants and donations:
£4,529 – Annandale & Nithsdale Community Benefit Company
£5,000 – Glencairn Community Council Windfarm Fund
£8,889 – The Holywood Trust
£10,000 – Awards For All
£2,750 – D&G Nithsdale Area Committee
£682.54 – Local fundraising & donations
£31,850.54 – TOTAL
Our local fundraising target was given a welcome boost by the staff of Watsons Groceries, who donated the proceeds from the sale of the “Big Graham” calendar to our project in February 2017.
You can view the proposed site plan here: Playdale_plan of proposed
Installation commenced in November 2017, and the Aerial Runway was completed early in the New Year. Unfortunately the weather was against us, and the safety surfacing for the Toddler Area cannot be completed until the weather improves. The Toddler Area will remain fenced off, for safety, until these works can be completed.
In the meantime, we are now busy planning an Official Opening for Spring 2018.
Thanks to everyone who donated time or money to this project!