|Posted by abernethyparkproject on August 30, 2013 at 9:50 AM|
Abernethy locals celebrated the completion of the first phase of park improvements at a community ‘picnic in the park’ event on Saturday 24 August 2013.
More than 160 members of the community brought out their blankets and shoved on their training shoes to enjoy an action packed afternoon of fun at Powrie Park.
Activities aimed at promoting physical activity in Abernethy’s green space included free tennis coaching with Abernethy Tennis Club, beat the goalie with Abernethy Youth Football Club , rounders, table tennis, groups games and more.
The afternoon, organised by Abernethy Environmental Association (AEA), was designed to showcase the newly installed play equipment at Powrie Park and inform locals about the next phase of park improvements.
AEA Chair, Kate Butler said, ” It’s wonderful to see so many people enjoying the new play equipment at both Powrie and Williamson Parks. The community have worked hard to raise the funds needed to upgrade both parks, and we’re confident we can do more.”
Whilst more people than ever are using and enjoying Abernethy parks, feedback from the community indicates there is still more to do to make Powrie Park accessible and enjoyable for all. One resident commented, “Turning the muddy area behind the Pavilion into a car park and surfacing the access road would mean more people could use the park safely.”
Plans for the second phase of park improvements are well underway. They include re-surfacing perimeter paths to prevent flooding, creating a car park and improving access for Pavilion users, creating a sensory area, installing trim trail and zip wire and providing picnic tables and new benches.
Kate Butler continued, “We have had a provisional offer of funding for £60,000 which would help us make these plans a reality. But one of the conditions is that we raise a further £6600. Having exhausted many funding sources upgrading the play park equipment, we urgently need the help of individuals, companies and grant-makers to help us raise this final small amount and create a community facility fit for the next generation.”
Perth and Kinross Council who own both parks supported the first phase of the project with some funding, as did Awards for All, Communities and Families Fund, Tesco Charity Trust, Quality of Life Trust and local employer Branston Limited. £18,600 in total is needed for second phase developments and future maintenance costs.
For more information or to make a donation, visit http://abernethyparksproject.webs.com .
About Abernethy Environmental Association Abernethy Environmental Association (AEA) is a community and voluntary organisation established in 1999 for the purpose of improving Abernethy's natural environment. Previous AEA projects include upgrading Nurse Peattie's Garden and establishing the Rough Glen path network. Since November 2011 we have been focused on improving Abernethy' two main parks, Williamson Park and Powrie Park.