Park pavilion to get a new lease of life

Members of Markinch Community Council say the pavilion in John Dixon Park has potential to be a success.
Members of Markinch Community Council say the pavilion in John Dixon Park has potential to be a success.

Plans to breathe new life into a Markinch landmark have moved a step closer, thanks to members of the town’s community council.

The pavilion in John Dixon Park has lain dormant, apart from occasional use by local football teams, for several years.

But an initiative to upgrade the facility and open it on a temporary basis throughout the summer was given the go-ahead by members of Markinch Community Council when it met this month.

The group will now apply for the project to be granted charitable status, allowing a better chance of securing funding, and hopes to have the pavilion open for public use in time for the town’s famous Highland Games event in June.

Angela High, community council chairman, told the Gazette the plan is to open the pavilion for two hours a day from June to September.

“Our aim is to offer people a toilet facility and purchase refreshments. Being right next to the children’s play park and gym area, it would be ideal for parents bringing their young ones to the park,” said Angela.

She added: “Initially, we are looking to open it probably for two hours and, if it proves popular, we will then consider opening longer.

“We want the pavilion to have disabled access and are currently working on costs of improving the kitchen and flooring that needs repairing.”

Fife Council has already given its backing to the idea and is assessing what maintenance it can do to help make the project a reality.

Jim Leitch, parks, streets and open spaces team manager, said: “The idea is a good one and we have offered to help in whatever way we can. Some initial repairs need to be carried out and I am working on costings to see if we can get the project started.”

Revamped facility to attract more families to use the park ...

Those behind the pavilion revival project hope to promote the idea to the hundreds of local people who will attend the town’s popular Highland Games in June.

Markinch Community Trust uses the pavilion every year to serve refreshments, with all profits made going towards funding the town’s Christmas lights switch-on festivities.

It’s understood new flooring and an upgrading to existing kitchen facilities are required, plus an amount of internal decoration.

Disabled access has also been made a priority, along with a baby changing facility.

The group hopes a revamped facility will help to attract more young families to the park in the summer months.