We are excited to announce a significant milestone for The Ardrossan Community Development Trust – the opening of South Beach Playpark Phase 1!
This project has been a labour of love for our dedicated board of volunteers, and partners including Cunninghame Housing Association, North Ayrshire Council, Mike Hyatt Architects, and Wave Particle. Huge thanks also to Landcare Solutions for installation and delivery.
ACDT were able to secure £249,584 of funding that had initially been allocated to Our Place.
This phase of the project was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. ACDT were able to secure £249,584 of funding that had initially been allocated to Our Place. Securing the funds was time limited which was the driving force behind the initial incorporation of ACDT as the Our Place project came to an end.
Our success in bringing South Beach Playpark Phase 1 to life would not have been possible without the incredible efforts of Peter McCaughey and his team at Wave Particle, and Mike Hyatt Architects who collectively assisted in community engagement and were instrumental in designing the playpark.
Thanks also to Alan Shanks of A.D.A. Construction Consultants who assisted with procurement, costing and the appointment of the selected contractor; Landcare Solutions. Collectively they have worked tirelessly to create a safe, inclusive and engaging space for our community, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their contributions.
One of the standout features of South Beach Playpark is the wheelchair swing, designed to make playtime accessible to everyone. While we are thrilled to have it in place, we want to let our visitors know that it won’t be in full use until the existing toilet block is demolished and the new café and community hub is rebuilt with staff permanently on site from early 2024.
This is essential to ensure the safety and convenience of users. In the meantime, we encourage any community groups, schools or carers to request access by contacting our office in advance on 01294 608162 or emailing email@example.com and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
The completion of South Beach Playpark Phase 1 is a testament to the power of community collaboration and dedication.
Another exciting element of the South Beach Playpark is the planned crazy golf course. This addition promises hours of fun for kids and adults alike. However, we regret to inform you that the crazy golf won’t be completed until spring 2024. This delay is due to the need for a proxy coating, which is temperature-sensitive and requires the right window of opportunity for application. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to make this addition a reality.
Its has been so exciting and humbling at the same time to see the playpark come to fruition for residents and the many visitors to the amazing shore front that is Ardrossan South Beach. Having seen this project develop from conversations in a room to larger engagement events with community to plans being drawn and it now see it opened at South Beach is simply amazing.
The opening of South Beach Playpark Phase 1 is a testament to the power of community empowerment and the impact residents can have in their immediate locality. Engaging with our residents, taking ownership and developing our own communities is what community wealth building is all about. We extend our gratitude to our contractors, Landcare Solutions and to Mike Hyatt Architects, Wave Particle and A.D.A. Construction Consultants for their outstanding work. ACDT are committed to making South Beach Playpark an inclusive and exciting place for everyone in our community and visitors alike. We are now working hard to deliver the new café and community hub on the Prom and to provide permanent access to the wheelchair which should complete early Spring 2024.
Scott Mould – ACDT Chair
Although the playpark officially opened to the public on Friday 27th October there are some finishing touches yet to be actioned. A colourful coating is to be added to the tarmac paths that have been added and the area immediately behind the shrub maze requires some turfing to tidy it up.
We are hoping both of these items will be taken care of in the coming weeks but will not prevent you enjoying all new elements that the new added features deliver in meantime.
The opening of South Beach Playpark Phase 1 is a testament to the power of community collaboration, ownership and dedication. We extend our gratitude to our contractors, Landcare Solutions and to Mike Hyatt Architects, Wave Particle and A.D.A. Construction Consultants for their outstanding work.
We are committed to making South Beach Playpark an inclusive and exciting place for our community and visitors, and we’re working diligently to provide access to the wheelchair swing and bring the crazy golf course back to life.
We look forward to sharing more updates as we progress with Phase 2 of this project. In the meantime, please do visit South Beach Playpark. Your support and enthusiasm are what make community projects like this possible. Thank you for being a part of The Ardrossan Community Development Trust!
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