Community urged to get behind Burntisland’s spider park

How the new park will look
How the new park will look

Following on from plans to create an inclusive playpark on Burntisland’s Links, proposals have now also been drawn up to renovate the town’s ‘spider park’ at the west end of the Links.

With the majority of the £71,600 required to renovate the park already secured by Burntisland Community Council, kind-hearted members of the community are being asked if they would like to help by doing some fundraising to raise the final £3500.

The spider park as it is now

The spider park as it is now

The spider park – named after the spider’s web climbing frame which is one of its main features – was closed early last year when most of the equipment was removed after being deemed dangerous following an inspection.

Only the climbing frame remained and it was originally fenced off, but later reopened to the public.

Burntisland Community Council has since been awarded £41,621 from the FET towards refurbishment of the park which has been added to £10,000 of parks capital and £16,500 awarded through anti-poverty funding.

This only leaves £3500 to raise in order get the £71,621 required to complete the project.

Morag Douglas, a member of Burntisland Community Council and chairman of the playparks group, said: “After complaints by parents about the loss of this play equipment, Burntisland Community Council got together with Fife Council Parks department and after consulting with children at Burntisland Primary School came up with a proposal to resurface the area, refurbish the existing ‘Spider’, add new connecting play pieces and also add an access swing.

“We are now looking for the community to help raise the remaining £3500.

‘‘Wed would ask that if anyone is able to help in any way we would be very grateful. Work can’t commence until all of the funding is in place.”

If you or your organisation would like to get involved in raising funds for the project, email Gordon Langlands, secretary at: burntislandcc@outlook.com.