Ambitious plans to create a community park in a Howe of Fife village have reached a major milestone.
Work is due to begin this autumn on the first phase of a £200,000 project to enhance the facilities within Kettle Park, Kingskettle, and provide local children with a safe and friendly environment to play in.
The group behind the plans, Kettle Community Park Project, has now raised £34,456, which will pay for skate ramps, a footpath and fitness equipment.
The group, a sub-committee of Kettle Community Council, was established last October and has secured grant funding from Fife Environmental Trust as well as contributions from Fife Council’s area budget and the Howe of Fife Rotary Club.
With £25,500 grant funding in place, the group raised the balance through a number of community fundraising events, including a sponsored run by local lads Liam Wyse, Ross Wyse and Ben Cowan, which raised £600, and a fete in the park that raised £900.
Now the group is planning its next major fundraising event, which takes place on Sunday, September 1 in Tentsmuir Forest.
Sponsored by Leslie Bike Shop, the event promises to be a fun day of activities for all the family - and the shop’s proprietors Andy and Fiona Hain are even putting up a £25 prize for the person who raises the most sponsorship money.
“The idea is to get lots of people to enjoy some activity in Tentsmuir Forest and raise some money in the process,” said Jane Downie of KCPP.
“People can run or walk 5km, or cycle 20km - and we’ll even transport their bikes for them so they can get the whole family in the car!
“The routes will be marked and supported, and light refreshments for all participants.”
Entry forms and sponsor sheets are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or by phoning Donald Mackenzie on 07796 316121.
Phase two of the project will involve installing junior and senior play areas and swings at a cost of around £70,000 and phase three will see the installation of multi-use games areas at an estimated cost of £96,000.
Further funding applications are being pursued and more community fund-raising events are being planned, including a ceilidh on September 13 in Kingskettle.