We are a community group working together to bring about a new and improved park for all to use! StrathStride2020 is our latest fundraiser!
StrathStride2020 is the latest fundraising effort from Strathkinness Community Park Renovation Project and we would LOVE you to get involved. Please register by getting in touch: [email protected] or check out our StrathStride https://www.facebook.com/events/923213268199390/
You can set up your online fundraising page linked to the StrathStride event by clicking on the blue 'start fundraising' icon under the 'Become a fundraiser' title on this main project page.
We are a grass-roots community group who came together to promote the benefit of all community members of Strathkinness and those who visit the village. We want to ensure that our local community can offer the facilities and space to support positive life experiences and wellbeing of all those living in and visiting Strathkinness. Our focus is on encouraging positive activities and active lifestyles.
Community Park RenovationOne focal point of the village is the Church Road Park, which has recently fallen into disrepair, with much of the play equipment unsafe for use and having been removed. Our project is more than just replacing this equipment, and aims to transform this space into one which maximises community use of the park and promotes health and wellbeing across the community. Our aims are:
- Renovate the existing playpark area to produce a safe and inclusive space that caters for the whole village and visitors
- Utilise the renovated park area to promote enhanced community use, outdoor education and wellbeing within the village
- Create wildlife areas within the park to increase local biodiversity and provide education opportunities.
We envisage that over 800 people will benefit from this redeveloped area including children and their parents, the elderly and local community groups. Our plan is to create specific zones within the park that are tailored to benefit all of those in the community by creating access to safe play spaces for the younger generations, people with disabilities and increased accessibility of outdoor space to older generations by providing accessible paths, seating areas and a viewpoint.
This project is for the local community, by the local community, and community input has been sought every step of the way. We surveyed views across the community and local community groups to ask whether this project was needed and what they would like to see. From over 100 responses there was 100% agreement that this project was needed so we got to work on developing the plans based on the feedback from the local community and in collaboration with Fife Council.
All works will be managed via Fife Council, with the Strathkinness Community Park Committee acting as community liaison. The council team has a wealth of experience in creating this type of space and are perfectly placed to act on behalf of the community.
After completion the park will be maintained by Fife Council, though we intend to maximise community involvement during the project development and beyond. The committee will remain in place following the completion of the project to promote community use and involvement over the long-term.
On completion of the project the committee will undertake evaluation of the success of the project by:
- Canvassing opinion on the perceived benefits of the renovation via a community consultation
- Reviewing park usage by different community groups
- A community-led census of biodiversity within the meadow area of the park in year 1 of the project
The total project costs will be £164,000. This will be split over 3 phases:
Phase 1 – Junior Play Area, swings, paths & Meadows
Phase 2 – Toddler area
Phase 3 – Trim trail
We are currently fundraising for Phase 1 and have raised the following funds to date with applications to other funding bodies taking place.
Fife Environment Trust
St Andrews Community Trust
Community Planning Fund
We are currently just over £70k in our efforts to raise funds for the park and would like you to help us in our cause - check out our latest fundraiser StrathStride2020. Please get in touch for further information: [email protected]
Thanks for your support - in any shape or form!
The Strathkinness Park Project Committee
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