Saltcoats: Playground group Winton Circus hits fundraising goal

A SALTCOATS group which raised money to help revamp Winton Circus play park has now reached its goal of over £150,000.

Saltcoats Active Lifestyle Team (SALT) have been working alongside North Ayrshire Council to raise funds for the full refurbishment, and now it looks like the job is not far from complete.

However, due to the full value of the Coastal Playpark Fund (covering the SALT project and others in the NAC area), the council is required to tender for the play park equipment, this which delayed their scheduled start date.

The group raised funds through a number of methods, including £104,000 from the Coastal Playground Fund, £48,000 from their application to the Community Investment Fund and a further £10,000 through the generosity of locals and local businesses that participated in their various fundraising events.

That brings the total to around £162,000.

Their own fundraiser started with a sponsored walk, which turned into bingo nights, raffles and an ongoing weekly “bonus ball”, which has helped them tremendously to get them to this point and show that the community supports the initiative 100%.

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The group says they are now doing what they can to try to minimize the delay in the start of work and would particularly like to thank Councilor Jean McClung for her continued efforts to be the bridge between them and the council to overcome this point. blockage.

In a comprehensive update, a spokesperson for the group told the Herald: ‘Despite this setback, SALT is fully committed to providing a play park that the entire community can be proud of.

“The NAC has installed signs at the playground to demonstrate its commitment to this project. They will also be installing new picnic benches and repainting the railings in the meantime.

“We hope that the next update we give will be to confirm when work will start! For now, SALT would like to thank everyone for their continued support and we are confident that it will be worth the wait.

Current signage provided by the NAC indicates that the park’s completion date is summer or fall of this year.

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