Opening for third Muirhouse kids’ facility

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MUIRHOUSE and Flemington Community Group held a BBQ and fun day to mark the opening of a third facility for children in the area.

The opening of the £40,000 play area and all weather multi-sports arena in Muirhouse Avenue now means older children are being catered for.

This follows the previous openings in Burnside Street and Woodside Street, which saw the creation of play areas for younger children, all of which have been paid for by North Lanarkshire Council.

Community group chairman Ian Kelly said: “The very youngest and slightly older children were catered for, but there was nothing for the kids who are now teenagers.

“There’s been a lot of hard work involving a number of people to insure all three play areas became a reality, and I want to thank every one who gave their time to make this happen including Jim Hoey, Jackie Weir, Margaret Robertson, Glennis Morel, Robert and Nancy Tipping, Margaret Smith, Hazel Kelly, Kevin Frame, David Russell, Nanette Kennan and Chris Ledwidge.

“The kids are thrilled with the new
facilities for them and I understand there is talk of setting up a youth football
team to take advantage of the all-weather surface.”

Ian also revealed that there may be scope to make the fun day, which was funded by a community grant organised by Mike Bately of the Central Scotland Forestry Trust, an annual event.

He said: “The BBQ and fun day was supposed to be just a one-off, but people had such a good time that many were asking if we can do it every year which is something the committee will need to discuss.”

Raffle prizes were donated by Arnold Clark in Shields Road, Ghaffar’s in Glassford Street, J Allan pharmacy, Ms L Stewart, Costcutter in Shields Road, The Cherry Tree, Ladbrokes, Costcutter in Muirhouse Road, Isa Money Centre, Muirhouse Post Office and hair by Charlie’s Angels.