Howe of Fife park dream becomes reality

Left to right - Fiona Mitchell [Locality Support], Alan Bisset [Parks Development Team], Helen Lawrenson [Chair of Fife Environment Trust], Dave Pullar [Committee], sitting Keith Dunbavin [Chair Person].

Left to right - Fiona Mitchell [Locality Support], Alan Bisset [Parks Development Team], Helen Lawrenson [Chair of Fife Environment Trust], Dave Pullar [Committee], sitting Keith Dunbavin [Chair Person].

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A vision to transform the play park in a Howe of Fife community has become a reality three years after the project began.

Phase two of a £200,000 project in Kingskettle is now finished, with new junior and senior play equipment; a new footpath to allow disabled access, a wild flower garden and picnic areas.

The improvements complement the first phase, which saw skate ramps, a footpath and fitness equipment being installed at a cost of almost £34,500.

It’s hoped that next on the agenda will be the creation of multi-use games areas.

The work has been overseen by Kettle Community Park Project, formed in 2012 to upgrade the facilities, which were thought to be dated and unsuitable for local children.

Much of the funding came from Fife Environmental Trust but money was also raised in the local community through donations and fund-raising activities.

Kettle Community Park Project raised £19,000 towards phase two, which included £9000 from Fife Council area budget.

Said committee member Jane Downie: “Thanks must go to both local businesses, especially Kettle Produce Limited, which has been the main sponsor in Phase II, and the local community for their continual support during the past three years, without which progress would not have been made.

“Thanks must also go to Fife Council Park Development Team, which has worked in partnership with KCPP to realise our vision.”

However, the committee was dissolved following its recent annual meeting after a disappointing response from the community to an appeal for new members.

The committee was originally an offshoot of Kettle Community Council, which has now adopted the park project with the aim of taking it forward.

Anyone with any queries or issues they wish to raise is asked to contact a member of the community council.