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Queens Road Play Park, Elderslie

by Anne-Marie Balfour in Elderslie, Scotland, United Kingdom

Queens Road Play Park, Elderslie
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On 20th December 2018 we successfully raised £215 with 9 supporters in 58 days

We aim to reinstate the Park in the centre of our village and make it inclusive so anyone and everyone can use it.

by Anne-Marie Balfour in Elderslie, Scotland, United Kingdom

Elderslie Community Council have been reinvigorated. In November 2017 a new set of officers was voted in, since then we have gone from strength to strength - even Renfrewshire Council have noticed! We aim to make the village the best it can be and the park would be a phenomenal step forwards. 

Elderslie currently has no play park and Renfrewshire has no fully inclusive play park. We aim to address both of these failures by installing a fully inclusive play park in our village. Our village (population 6330) sits between two larger towns, Paisley (population 76230) and Johnstone (population 16820), and we hope to attract people from the wider area to come and use the facilities we install. As well as hosting our own fundraisers we are applying to many organisations to raise the £90000 required for this venture.

The children of Elderslie currently have nowhere to meet and play apart from at school. This play park will be within walking distance for all of the 1000 residents under 14 years old and is centrally located so will draw from every corner of the village. It is well documented that outdoor play is essential for the youth of today with so many distractions keeping them indoors and away from physical exercise we feel this is something we need to address with some urgency.

We feel that there is a need to address our children's failing health both in the physical and mental sense, it was noted recently in the press that children are feeling more lonely with the BBC releasing a news item on July 3rd this year that cited 'Childline has seen a 14% rise in the number of children contacting the charity about loneliness'. With a central place to meet and exercise we feel that we can address this worrying trend.

We were fortunate enough to have our own swimming pool until 2010 when the preparation for the Commonwealth Games forced its closure to allow bigger pools to be built. There are no direct transport links to these bigger pools so the less fortunate people, without their own transport are now even more disadvantaged than before.

Our longer term goals include an adult exercise area and a raised bed area for the older generations to gather and not only engage in social activity but benefit from exercise and the experience of our older residents. We have two residential communities in the village for older villagers who enjoy assisted living and we feel this would be a positive addition to their activities not only for their benefit but for the benefit of the village as a whole.   

Our aim is to have a beating heart in the village which has been missing for many years.

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