Time to call it a day for playpark committee

The current Friends of Oban Community Playpark Committee will stay on board for one more year.

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Friends of Oban Community Playpark (FOCP) will continue running as a constituted group for one more year before disbanding.

Formed in October 2011, FOCP was made up mostly of parents who had one aim only: to extend the playpark outside Atlantis, with a toddler area, a older children’s area and a sensory garden for all to enjoy.

Nine years, and more than a few added grey hairs on, the half a dozen or so like-minded mums have by far exceeded their original goal and, providing there are ‘no more dramas’ in the next year, feel it’s time to rest and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Speaking at last Saturday’s FOCP AGM, chairperson Lyndsay Elliott said: ‘We have done what we set out to do and then some so I feel it’s time to take a step back.

‘There are a few loose ends to tie up. We will be looking at making a couple of improvements to the garden area, which is used by many members of community, and sorting out a regular maintenance programme for it but apart from that there is nothing else for us to do.’

The motion to fold the group in a year was unanimously agreed with discussion on how to manage the remaining funds ongoing.

‘We will be looking to find away of keeping the current funds safe so that if anything happens to the park in the future, there will be some money there to help,’ added Lyndsay.

‘Hopefully, parents of future generations of park users will pick up the mantle.’

Through many varied and innovative funding projects, FOCP raised in excess of £300,000 to install the playpark in 2016 but the facility for the older children was closed in 2018 due to a fault with its flooring.

The group campaigned relentlessly to make sure someone took responsibility for the repairs and at the beginning of this year the ‘big ones’ park was reopened to the public.

Main caption: The current Friends of Oban Community Playpark Committee will stay on board for one more year. 15_T05_FOCCPlayparkCommittee