Glasgow Airport helps local village put fitness first
07 January 2014
Fitness fanatics in the village of Inchinnan will soon be working out away from the confines of their local gym following a donation from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.
Since it was established in 2010, Inchinnan Community Playpark and Garden Association (ICPGA) has been working hard raising funds to redevelop the play park at Cathy’s Way, creating a play area to be enjoyed by residents of all ages.
The first two phases of the project involved the installation of toddler and junior play equipment on the site, which has proved popular with the community since its transformation.
Police have also reported that since the development of the site there has been a reduction in anti-social behaviour among young people in the village.
ICPGA is now busy fundraising for phase three, which will see outdoor fitness equipment installed in an effort to encourage teenagers and adults to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
The group has been awarded £2,298 from the FlightPath Fund to purchase a 'fitness skier' machine, which was identified as one of the most popular pieces of gym equipment during consultations with the community about the plans for the site.
Maureen Jamieson, head of procurement at Glasgow Airport said: “Glasgow Airport is more than happy to support this worthwhile community initiative. Not only does the playpark create a wonderful place for local people to enjoy and stay in shape, it also helps build and maintain relationships with new and older residents, which is terrific.
“The members of Inchinnan Community Play Park and Garden Association really have done a marvellous job in redeveloping the site and should be enormously pleased with their achievements.”
ICPGA chair Margaret O'Neill said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of the Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund as we believe this playpark is a tremendous asset for the community of Inchinnan.
“By acquiring outdoor fitness equipment we are encouraging teenagers to take part in regular outdoor exercise which means they are less likely to be involved in anti-social behaviour.
"We also hope adults in the community will embrace it, particularly those who perhaps cannot afford gym fees but would like to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We also hope to develop a community garden at the site and will continue fundraising until we meet our target.”
Councillor Iain Nicolson added: “As a local resident and councillor I am able to see first hand the hard work and fantastic effort Margaret and the committee members have put into improving the facilities at Cathy’s Way. As a member of the FlightPath Fund board I’m also in a great position to encourage financial support for this project, which has united the community and reduced the level of anti-social behaviour in the area.
“Everyone involved with redevelopment of the playpark should be proud of what they have accomplished so far, and I look forward to testing the fitness equipment once this phase of the project is complete.”