Tuesday, August 8 2017
Plans for improving a popular children’s play area in the village of Crianlarich have taken a step forward with funding support from Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for the National Park area, and help from Stirling Council.
Strathfillan Community Development Trust is bidding to rebuild the facility for young residents and visitors to Crianlarich after the removal of its equipment by council chiefs in December 2016 following safety concerns. The facility had also been well used by younger visitors using the Youth Hostel next to the playpark in the village.
The Friends have now stepped in to provide £500 from funds raised from its Friends of OUR park visitor giving scheme, which is assisted by more than 100 businesses all over the National Park. These include local businesses such as the Artisan Café, Portnellan Chalets, and Strathfillan Wigwams. This is the fourth children’s play area in the National Park supported by the Friends in recent years.
James Fraser, Chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, said: “Providing a good quality children’s play area is important to enrich the lives of youngsters either staying or visiting the popular tourist village of Crianlarich and we are pleased to be able to support the plans being progressed by Strathfillan Community Development Trust with the support of local businesses who are participating in the Friends of OUR park visitor giving scheme.”
Kelly Clapperton-Bates, Community Development Officer with Strathfillan Community Development Trust, added: “It was a blow to the village to lose the playpark equipment due to safety concerns but things are now starting to look hopeful with some new equipment being purchased by the Community Trust following kind donations from a number of local organisations, including Stirling Council, and this cash injection from the Friends is a major boost for our ambitions. It has not been an easy process to get this far and we have needed all the support we can get, and we very much appreciate the Friends’ assistance in this venture.”