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Abronhill welcomes new playarea at official opening

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 22:09 GMT on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013.

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25-06-2013 - By Scott Campbell (+44) 0774 296 870 - Broom Road playpark's official opening, in Abronhill; Picture shows Abronhill High pupil, Joe & funders ready to cut ribbon.
Community open the park as Joe cuts the ribbon. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

ABRONHILL residents, children and teenagers showed up on mass, earlier today, to officially open their brand new Broom Road playpark. 

Previously being burnt, damaged and vandalised, the old Broom Road playpark was in need of a complete overhaul, but the Abronhill Regeneration Forum stepped in.

Abronhill Regeneration Forum are the group behind the Oak Road play and skateboard park, with their Broom Road project being just another example of the Forum’s commitment to refurbishment Abronhill, for community benefit. 

25-06-2013 - By Scott Campbell (+44) 0774 296 870 - Broom Road playpark's official opening, in Abronhill; Picture shows Abronhill Regeneration Forum member, Gail MacDonald with mother.
Forum member, Gail MacDonald (left), with her mother (right). Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

Gail MacDonald, a member of the Forum, stepped up and volunteered to spearhead the project; organising the planning, designing and construction of the park – not to mention its official opening. 

However, there was another star of the show; Joe Downs, a first year pupil at Abronhill High School, and former Whiteless Primary School pupil.

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Joe designed the Broom Road playpark logo, which will shortly be risen above the park, to create an entrance feature. 

25-06-2013 - By Scott Campbell (+44) 0774 296 870 - Broom Road playpark's official opening, in Abronhill; Picture shows Abronhill High pupil, Joe with his design for park logo.
Joe Downs with his logo for the park. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

Talking to Cumbernauld Media, Joe said that winning the competition to design the logo was “great”.

He said: “I have lived here all of my life and I thought that one day I just wanted to be noticed and to help the community, so I felt that I should enter the competition to design the Broom Road playpark logo.

“To have my entry as the winning entry makes me feel great. 

“I think that today was excellent and that the park will help to bring young people together, instead of being out on the streets, they can hang about here and have fun.”

The Broom Road playpark cost £140,000 and was funded through the North Lanarkshire Environmental Key Fund, the Biffa Award, North Lanarkshire Council, and the Abronhill Regeneration Forum.

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