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The Riverbank Park Project

Fund applied for: £5,000

Location: Dumfries and Galloway

353 votes so far

Project description

Describe your project
Gatehouse of fleet lacks facilities for the younger generation, the project is aimed at providing an all-inclusive park in the heart of a social housing area, to provide better opportunities for the community to come together. Currently there is one piece of equipment,(over 28 years old), a picnic bench and bin, it is unsafe and not suitable for younger children or those with disabilities.We aim to provide dda compliant equipment,a sensory story telling area,and a fitness area within the park. Taking the all-inclusive approach, we will be able to offer children with disabilities an opportunity to join in and enjoy playing and socialising within the town. Currently there are no facilities available in Gatehouse of Fleet for young people with disabilities and autism + no fitness facilities to exercise. We want to provide a well equipped safe fun environment for the younger generation and their families.

How will your project benefit your local community?
The project will develop an underused area of land to accommodate play equipment that will be suitable for children and young people of all ages and abilities. The Park sits in the heart of a social housing area,where there is a rise in unemployment , and many children are deprived of the simple things like outdoor play areas.With many young families moving to the town there is need for better facilities. Traffic is an issue and we plan to install the perimeter fence, for the safety of the children, due to roads on both sides. The original idea came from a request from local parents living in the area who are frustrated by the quality and availability of appropriate play park space and equipment, there are no facilities for disabled children any where in the town. The project will benefit the community greatly as providing this all inclusive park ,it will form a deeper understanding across the generations and a sense of local pride and respect of others will unify different groups of people within the community.

Please give details of any support you have from your local community
The local GDI and community council have supported us with advising on funding applications+insurances etc ,the church ,ymca ,tgb,(youth groups ), the scouts ,the local school and toddler groups have helped leaflet drop,also helped design the park they would like and fundraised with us and donated themselves. Local councilor Dougie campbell has raised a motion in parliament, for better play equipment in social housing areas,due to our our own determination as a community to raise awareness to how important it is for our young people to have better play facilities,especially in deprived areas. We have fundraised in many ways , and face painted held tombolas,raffles and our biggest event was auction of pledges , which was a huge success, members of the public gave up their skills and time and we auctioned these off, all proceeds went to the park project. one mother has done a sponsored mini marathon. one dad has done a sponsored bike ride with the local kids. My father in law, Allan Dickie passed away and in his memory our family requested all donations went to the park project as he worked for the council and was the play park inspector for the area(£1,800 was donated.) A memorial bench was donated and has been erected by his work colleagues. We plan to work with the above local community groups as well and make full usage of the park for fitness boot camps, days out with toddler groups, story telling sessions, meet and greet with the older generation.

How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
1200

Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We will use this money to buy dda compliant play equipment , if you would like a list to choose from please contact us and we can send . we will also be adding a fitness area with outdoor gym equipment,. We will also be building our own sensory garden and story telling area, we will use this money to buy sensory plant and vegtables to plant , and wood to build seating .

When and why was your project founded?
2017,The original idea came from a request from local parents living in the area who are frustrated by the quality and availability of appropriate community spots, play park space and equipment,the council did not have any funds to help and advised us to fundraise and take the reigns.

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