Marypark Playpark

In 2004 a group got together to try and raise funds to replace the play equipment in the Marypark Play Park. Most of the old equipment had been already taken away by the Council as it was deemed dangerous and due to financial restraints there was no hope of The Council replacing it for many years. The Marypark Play Park Group did lots of fundraising and managed to raise over £2000. Although this was a fantastic effort the cost of the new equipment ( because it was for public use) was £25000! The Group turned to the Community Association who formed a Sub Committee and did some more fund raising as well as applying to Pauls Hill Windfarm Community Fund for financial help. Through this and help from The Council the Community Association managed to raise enough for all the new equipment except the swings as they were still usable.

The Playpark was re-opened by The Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire Mrs Clare Russell on Saturday 5th May 2007. The weather stayed fine for the crowd of children and parents who turned up to see Mrs Russell perform the opening. John Shewan Chairman of the Glenlivet & Inveravon Community Association introduced Mrs Russell. He also thanked the original office bearers of Amanda Naylor, Yvonne Ferguson and Caroline Cook for getting the fund raising ball rolling and the present committee of Iain and Sandra Grant, Dorothy Munro and Alyson Card for seeing it completed. He also especially thank everyone who had made such an effort whether it was fundraising or sponsorship or simply putting their hands in their pockets!

Before re-opening the Play Park Mrs Russell also congratulated the community on their splendid effort and said she was very impressed with the amount of equipment they had managed to buy. After she officially re-opened the Play Park she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by some of the Children of Marypark who thanked her very much for coming. Everyone then went into the park to try out the new equipment and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate. Mrs Russell said it was wonderful to see the children enjoying themselves and that she had a great time. After chatting for about an hour she left the party in full swing.

Mrs Russell also gave a generous cheque towards a new swing to replace the existing swing. So we will be fundraising in the near future so we can replace the fence and swing. In the spring of 2011 the Community Association manage to replace the old metal swings with new wooden one to match the rest of the equipment so we can now say that the Play Park is now complete. Well done to everyone involved. Now we only need a new fence………