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Community called to save Ellon's play parks

By Kirsty Brown

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Ellon's play parks could soon be the focus of a newly created community group.

A meeting will take place later this month with the hope of setting up a formal group after a number of parents raised concerns about equipment in the town's play parks.

The idea came about when play equipment at Auchterellon Park was condemned by Aberdeenshire Council but not replaced and when making enquiries about this parents learned about Friends Of The Den, a group in Turriff who formed with the aim of improving the play park experience of youngsters in Turriff and have made a notable difference to the town's main play park.

Parents now hope that a similar group can be formed in Ellon for fundraising towards the maintenance and improvement of Ellon's play parks, identifying local needs and advising how Aberdeenshire Council on how their limited budget could best be used in Ellon.

It is hoped that the group can be formed at a public meeting on Tuesday April 20, which anybody interested in improving Ellon's play parks is welcome to attend.

This meeting will also be attended by Friends Of The Den chairman Morag Lightning who will share her experience in setting up the Turriff group.

The meeting will take place at 7pm on Teams, and the link to join is: https://teams.live.com/meet/94849227149698.

For more information and to keep up to date you can join the Ellon Community Play Park Improvement Facebook group.

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