Crawford community celebrates playpark

On a sunny Sunday in June the Crawford community officially opened their new playpark.

After four years of planning and building, the children, and adults, of Crawford were eager to spend the day making the most of the state-of-the-art playpark, wholly funded by a £197,609 grant from SSE’s Clyde Wind Farm Fund.

Gareth Shields, Community Investment Manager for SSE, said “It’s great to see Crawford Playpark finally completed and being used by children from the village and further afield. We would encourage the people in Crawford to bring their ideas forward for more good quality and worthwhile projects which enhance their communities that we can hopefully help them deliver.”

The playpark was opened by Robert Gemmell, former Chair of Crawford Community Council, and driving force behind the playpark project, with the help of Zak Cousins, a pupil in Primary 6 at Crawford Primary School, who cut the ribbon and let the 100 strong crowd into the playpark.

Gail Coulter, Crawford Community Council member, said; “We were delighted with the support shown for the fantastic new park Crawford now has. It's taken four years to get to this point, but seeing the children, families and friends enjoying it so much - in such amazing weather - makes it all worthwhile. None of this would have been possible without the help of SSE.

“Robert Gemmell has worked tirelessly on this project over the years so it was only fitting that he declared the playpark open with the help of Zak.”

The Clyde Wind Farm Fund is administered by South Lanarkshire Council, who assisted the community with the project, and serves six community council areas near to the wind farm.

The South Lanarkshire portion of Clyde Wind Farm Community Fund is worth over £840,000 a year to the six communities it benefits. Crawford playpark represents one of the largest awards made to a single project. The fund is administered on SSE’s behalf by South Lanarkshire Council.