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23/03/2017

Let’s Play with MyParkScotland!

Julie Andrews may have sung about the hills being alive with the sound of music; we want our parks to be alive with the sound of play!  With all the talk of an increasingly inactive society, there is no better place to play, no matter what your age (!), than in parks and greenspaces across Scotland.

Tuesday 21 March saw the launch of the second MyParkScotland crowdfund campaign theme for 2017: the focus is on projects promoting and enhancing outdoor play in your park #myparkplay 

Eight projects are currently part of the Let’s Play theme and they are looking for your support to help them fund their playful projects. They include bike trails, playpark improvements, outdoor gym and new play areas.

Ian Goodman, MyParkScotland Project Manager, said: “We don’t need to be a nation of coach-potato families, cotton-wool kids and screen-teens. MyParkScotland is working with groups who want to create playful spaces in their local parks and greenspaces. The idea of the Let’s Play campaign is to highlight the exciting range of projects that are looking to raise funds to support active outdoor play.  We have some delightfully playful projects from all over Scotland lined up under the Let’s Play theme – from playing like a Roman in Falkirk, to new playparks and pump tracks, as well as playful opportunities for the not-so-young! Got a great idea for a play project? It’s not too late to join in as we’ll be adding new projects throughout April and May.”

Crowdfunding means that anyone can chip in and lots of small donations can make big things happen. So please check out the Let’s Play projects http://bit.ly/playprojects and show them some support this spring.

The active play projects include:

  • Play like a Roman, Falkirk
    Close to the Antonine Wall within Kinneil Estate this project will help create an area to play like a Roman!
  • Outdoor Gym for Glasgow Green, Glasgow
    The Friends of Glasgow Green wish to replace the old gymnasium with a new outdoor gym.
  • Callendar Play Park, Falkirk
    Improvements to both the original play area at Castle Callendar and also a new exciting Natural Play trail throughout the park.
  • Dunfermline Public Park Playpark, Fife
    Central Dunfermline Community Council want a new playpark for Dunfermline's Public Park.
  • Don’t sit on the fence – paint it!, Glasgow
    Painting the railings will be the icing on the cake for the redevelopment work going on at Hayburn Playpark.
  • Kinneil Bike Trails, Falkirk
    White Lady Biking want to build a new skills loop and pump track in the woods on Kinneil Estate.
  • Elcho gardens growing and playing, Glasgow
    Elcho Garden has amazing potential and Calton Heritage & Learning need your support to create a gorgeous garden and play area.
  • Jenny’s Park Play, Falkirk
    Bonnybridge Community Council want to once again make Jenny’s Park a fun and attractive park for families and children.

Got a great play project in your community? It’s not too late to be part of the campaign email ian.goodman@mypark.scot with your project idea.

Contact for enquiries:

Ian Goodman, MyParkScotland Project Manager
T: 01786 849 757 | M: 07789 967246 | ian.goodman@mypark.scot

About MyParkScotland
MyParkScotland is an independent Scottish charity that works to help people discover, enjoy and support Scotland’s parks www.mypark.scot @myparkscot

The project development has been led by Scottish charity greenspace scotland, working in partnership with Friends of Parks groups, City of Edinburgh Council, Falkirk Council, Fife Council and Glasgow City Council. Initial development funding was provided by Nesta and Heritage Lottery Fund as one of 11 UK Rethinking Parks projects.

The parks listing service currently covers Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife and Glasgow – and we have exciting plans to extend the MyParkScotland website, funding platform and park endowment across Scotland.