Ambitious £164,000 plans to redevelop a community park in the centre of Strathkinness have received the backing of MP Stephen Gethins.
Strathkinness Community Park group has already swung into action taking forward a design consultation and applying for funding for the park in Church Road Park with the aim of benefitting everyone in the village by providing safe play spaces for children as well as increasing access to the outdoors for everyone including those with mobility issues, through the provision of accessible paths, seating areas and a viewpoint.
The group said it was grateful to Fife Council officers and St Andrews & Strathkinness councillor Ann Verner for their support and advice as well as helping to raise the profile of the project. They have now also secured the backing of local MP Stephen Gethins who visited the park recently.
The development has been split into three phases: the junior play area, paths and meadows; the toddler play area and the trim trail and, thanks to generous support from local businesses and grants totalling £60,000 from St Andrews Community Trust and Fife Education Trust, the grass-roots group has already secured over half of the £112,000 needed for the first phase. However, the whole amount needs to raise before funds will be released and work can start.
He said: “This is a great local initiative which will benefit around 800 people living in Strathkinness as well as visitors. I know the community group are working very hard to raise the cash needed and this was boosted by a very successful race night at the weekend. It is also great to know they have had so much support from local businesses and individuals. The group has also set up a crowdfunder at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/strathkinness-park to try to boost their total and I wish them the very best of luck.”
Local councillor Ann Verner added: “I have been thrilled to be involved with this project from the start and it has been wonderful to see the whole community coming together to move it forward. “