Partnership between Argyll and Bute Council and the Friends of Oban Community Playpark

Published Date: 

3 Oct 2014 - 12:06

The Friends of Oban Community Playpark and Argyll and Bute Council will be working in partnership on an ambitious project to build a new £333,000 playpark in Oban, suitable for all children.

This fantastic new facility will be situated next to Atlantic Leisure, with access to its toilets and café facilities.

Council staff have been working closely with the volunteer committee and Atlantis Leisure over the past few months to come to this partnership agreement.

Atlantis Leisure supports the active schools programme within the Oban area (around 2,500 children). The new playpark will encourage active play, enabling children to make the most of their visit to the centre.

Lyndsay Elliott, chair of FoOCP, said: '’We are extremely pleased to be working with Argyll and Bute Council and look forward to their professional support and guidance as we move from fundraising to design consultation with the community, through to tender, procurement and ultimately installation.

‘’We were looking at costs of about £10,000 a year for insurance and maintenance of the park which, with the partnership, we don't have to find as the park will be insured and maintained by the council.’’

The Oban play project joins the 16 other parks around Argyll and Bute that have benefited from this partnership arrangement over the past ten years.

Lyndsay added: ‘'This has been a grass roots project, with incredible support from all our community over the last three years.  We will get to our goal of building an awesome playpark for all our children much sooner than if we were still going it alone.’’

Argyll and Bute Council has also given £3,000 towards the project, with a further £10,000 to come over the next financial years.