Queenzieburn Play Park Opening

Youngsters in Queenzieburn now have a stunning new play area to enjoy

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The community gathered to celebrate the official opening on Thursday 22nd June along with local councillors Provost Jean Jones, Heather McVey, Mark John Kerr and Stuart McDonald the Member of Parliament for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East.

The play area was created following consultation with local people and has a range of equipment including trampolines, a cableway, swings, a toddler and junior climbing frame plus an infinity bowl, stepping logs, play panels and a picnic tables so families can have fun and enjoy playing outdoors. 

Local group Inspiring Queenzieburn worked with Culture NL Play Services and North Lanarkshire Council in their bid to make a new play area a reality.

Provost Jean Jones said: "This is a fantastic new facility for local youngsters to enjoy and is a direct result of Culture NL Play Services and North Lanarkshire Council working in partnership with the local community."

Kirsty Provan from Inspiring Queenzieburn said "This vital facility is going to make a real difference to the children in our area.  We are extremely grateful to our funders WREN, Viridor Credits and North Lanarkshire Council as we would not have been able to go ahead without their support.'

Sophie Cade, Grant Manager for WREN in Scotland said: "WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families.  Queenzieburn Play Area will provide a fantastic space for youngsters to get outdoors and have some fun.  We're delighted to support Inspiring Queenzieburn to make this happen."

Gareth Williams, Operations Manager for Viridor Credits, said: "Outdoor play is vital for children's health and well-being, and Viridor Credits is proud to support this project through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. Congratulations must also go to the pupils of Chapelgreen Primary for winning the design competition."

Pupils from Chapelgreen Primary entered a competition to design a sign for the new play park and the winners Abi Gillies, Cameron Duncan, Karley Thomson and Connor Allan were presented with their prizes at the opening event.

Unfortunately following the official opening there was a wanton act of vandalism which saw one of the climbing units and safer surfacing set on fire causing at least £3,000 worth of damage.  This means this popular item of play equipment will be out of commission during the schools holidays whilst replacement parts are sourced and repairs carried out.

Councillor McVey said: "I know the entire community is disgusted by this senseless attack on our much valued new community facility. We'll make sure it gets fixed, but that will take time. I hope that anyone with information would contact the police."

The project was completed thanks to grants of £50,000 awarded from WREN's FCC Scottish Action Fund, £32,674 from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and £30,000 from the council's Local Development Programme.The community gathered to celebrate the official opening on Thursday 22nd June along with local councillors Provost Jean Jones, Heather McVey, Mark John Kerr and Stuart McDonald the Member of Parliament for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East.

The play area was created following consultation with local people and has a range of equipment including trampolines, a cableway, swings, a toddler and junior climbing frame plus an infinity bowl, stepping logs, play panels and a picnic tables so families can have fun and enjoy playing outdoors. 

Local group Inspiring Queenzieburn worked with Culture NL Play Services and North Lanarkshire Council in their bid to make a new play area a reality.

Provost Jean Jones said: "This is a fantastic new facility for local youngsters to enjoy and is a direct result of Culture NL Play Services and North Lanarkshire Council working in partnership with the local community."

Kirsty Provan from Inspiring Queenzieburn said "This vital facility is going to make a real difference to the children in our area.  We are extremely grateful to our funders WREN, Viridor Credits and North Lanarkshire Council as we would not have been able to go ahead without their support.'

Sophie Cade, Grant Manager for WREN in Scotland said: "WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families.  Queenzieburn Play Area will provide a fantastic space for youngsters to get outdoors and have some fun.  We're delighted to support Inspiring Queenzieburn to make this happen."

Gareth Williams, Operations Manager for Viridor Credits, said: "Outdoor play is vital for children's health and well-being, and Viridor Credits is proud to support this project through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. Congratulations must also go to the pupils of Chapelgreen Primary for winning the design competition."

Pupils from Chapelgreen Primary entered a competition to design a sign for the new play park and the winners Abi Gillies, Cameron Duncan, Karley Thomson and Connor Allan were presented with their prizes at the opening event.

Unfortunately following the official opening there was a wanton act of vandalism which saw one of the climbing units and safer surfacing set on fire causing at least £3,000 worth of damage.  This means this popular item of play equipment will be out of commission during the schools holidays whilst replacement parts are sourced and repairs carried out.

Councillor McVey said: "I know the entire community is disgusted by this senseless attack on our much valued new community facility. We'll make sure it gets fixed, but that will take time. I hope that anyone with information would contact the police."

The project was completed thanks to grants of £50,000 awarded from WREN's FCC Scottish Action Fund, £32,674 from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and £30,000 from the council's Local Development Programme.

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