The Westray Development Trust Board are pleased to announce that they have confirmed they have allocated £40,000 towards the replacement of the playpark equipment, subject to other funding being successful. It has been very clear to the board that this project has wide community support and is a very important local facility that has been well used. Thanks to Friends of Westray Playpark for managing this project on behalf of the community.
The playpark was one of the first projects undertaken by the Westray Development Trust, with the vision and enthusiasm of a dedicated group of volunteers to lead the way. The Trust secured the use of a suitable piece of land (within the school playing field) and the steering group proceeded to put plans into action and raise the necessary funds. The selection and layout of equipment was all approved by the children who would be using it.
The Westray Children’s Playpark came back onto the “projects list” in 2012 following an approach by a group of local parents who wanted to take on the hard work of upgrading the equipment. 12 years of salt laden winds have taken their toll, and it was felt that starting again with a new fundraising effort and replacing most of the equipment at the same time would give the best results for our children. It’s an important local facility, and there is hardly a time during daylight hours when there aren’t children playing there, with both school and public use. A new group, Friends of Westray Playpark, has formed to take on the project, with funding support from WDT.
£800 grant funding has been obtained to go towards the repair and replacement of the zip line in the playpark. This has been topped up by a grant from turbine funds of £234, to get the very popular zipline back in use again.
Following a request from the Playgroup for somewhere for people to sit while watching their children and grandchildren play, the board approved funding of up to £400 for two new picknic benches to be made. We are delighted that these will be made by pupils from the Westray Junior High School.