Locals giving the old pavilion a new start

Kids enjoy the newly reopened pavillion (l-r) Leni Steele (11), Shannon Easton (10) and Jacob High (10). Pictures by FPA.
Kids enjoy the newly reopened pavillion (l-r) Leni Steele (11), Shannon Easton (10) and Jacob High (10). Pictures by FPA.
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It’s been open only a week yet parents and youngsters are already hailing the reactivated pavilion in John Dixon Park a huge success.

The six week school holiday pilot has been set up by members of the Markinch Community council who have long held the view that the pavilion building, closed and under utilised for much of the year, should be brought back into public use.

So following some essential maintenance the building is being opened on weekdays until mid August offering refreshments, snacks, toilet facilities and an area for youngsters to get creative , the finished items of which are already being used decorate the cafe interior.

“We’ve been pleased by the interest shown in the first week and that’s mainly come from word of mouth and the children wanting it to be a success therefore telling their friends,” explained Angela High, community council chairman.

“With its position right next to the play area, the pavilion is ideally situated to offer refreshment and has the added benefit that there are toilet facilities too.”

And ideas have already been submitted to further enhance the facilities.

We’ve been pleased by the interest shown in the first week

“Everyone has been very supportive, especially the children who have been telling us how we should develop the pavilion initiative. However one youngster’s suggestion of a swimming pool might just be a little too ambitious,” Angela smiled.

Community councillors are asking the public of Markinch to tell them how the pavilion project should be developed for the future. While the building has had some essential remedial work to make it usable, it’s estimated that to fully refurbish the building would cost in the region of £27,000. Markinch Community Council have told the Gazette they are considering the views of the public and will decide after the six week pilot opening whether to go ahead with remedial work or see if the building of a new multi functional pavilion is achievable.