Work starts on Lossiemouth park's new pavilion
Posted on 3 February 2020
Builders have made a start on bringing a Lossiemouth community's park vision to concrete reality. Workers have been on site at Marine Park laying foundations for a new pavilion after years of tireless fundraising by community group Action Marine Park (AMP). With £220,000 toward the project secured from Moray LEADER.
Construction work is scheduled for completion in early summer, providing a much-needed hub for the growing list of activities taking place in Marine Park.
The pavilion work marks phase two of AMP chairwoman Carol Lennon's mission to revive the park. Mrs Lennon said the park was a "hidden gem", tucked away behind houses off Stotfield Road. She added: "People in Lossiemouth are well aware of how this park was in its heyday and we're hoping that will be the case again."
Marine Park was transferred from council ownership last March and AMP aims to restore it to its former glory in phases as funding is secured.
The first phase involved the refurbishment of the tennis courts, which were transformed with European funding and generous local help. Lossiemouth Tennis Club has grown from that to a healthy membership of between 80-100.
A major aim of the group is to make the park inclusive for all. Mrs Lennon said: "We are replacing the pavilion in a more modern style, with more storage for the clubs, toilet facilities, disabled access and toilets. And we can then extend the activities here to be all-inclusive. The facilities it provides will enable all the sporting activities that currently take place to grow and it will attract more sporting activities in this area."
(photo provided courtesy of Northern Scot)