More additions to local community park

L - R: Ian Manners, Vana hynd, Leslie Ann Konigs, Janet Mitchell (seated), Bailey Paterson, Robert Harper - at the site on Magnus Park where they hope to build a skate-bowl
L - R: Ian Manners, Vana hynd, Leslie Ann Konigs, Janet Mitchell (seated), Bailey Paterson, Robert Harper - at the site on Magnus Park where they hope to build a skate-bowl

A local community group that has been creating a park on derelict land for a decade is pressing ahead with plans to add a skate bowl there, reports KEVIN QUINN.

The Magnus Drive Community Initiative has installed a number of facilities at the Collydean Park, situated at the top of that street.

Janet Mitchell from the group explained how their plans were helped recently when they secured £5,000 from the Over to Youth scheme.

She said: “We did a survey years ago, asking people what they would like to see on the land and, apart from a park for wee ones, that was top of the list.

“It’s going to be a double bowl, kind of like the one in Riverside Park.

“It will cost £75,000, we currently have £42,000, so we are pressing ahead with fund-raising.

“After that we have to find the money for the lighting. We figure that it will cost around £40,000 to light the whole area. There is nothing up there just now.

“It has been a good project and it will be great to finish it.

“We keep thinking that’s us, then we come up with more stuff.

“It was the kids that did the Over to Youth presentation, I was too sick at the time.

“Duncan Lawrie, who is 15, he did the pitch. It was really good, I heard he did a great job.”

Janet looked back on what the group have achieved at the park.

She said: “It has been on-going for a long time. It’s just a case of getting one phase done and moving on to the next.

“Right now there is a multi-purpose sports court, a bike ramp, a junior play area, a toddler play area, a wildlife garden, a table tennis table and a teenage area- a shelter for them and bit of equipment to play on.

“We have been looking at putting in a green gym, but that’s for after the skate bowl.

“We started in 2002. So far I think we have raised at least £250,000. I’m quite proud of that.

“It was just such a waste of land before. A huge bit of land with nothing on it.

“I think the council were going to sell it off for houses. It was originally intended for an extension to Collydean Primary School, but the roll went down so it wasn’t needed.”