The target for this project has been reduced as it has been possible to deliver the project significantly under budget.
Falkirk Community Trust are delighted to announce that just over sixteen thousand pounds towards the path project has been sourced through the Access Officer for Falkirk Council from a special fund set aside for the improvement of the John Muir Way. This extremely generous contribution will enable works of the surfacing to start in December 2016 while we continue to fundraise for the additional features such as parkrun waymarker distance posts, benches and a parkrun start line. Please continue to dig deep and support our project, all contributions to the ‘running costs’ will be gratefully received.
Falkirk Community Trust along with partners including parkrun want to raise funds to improve and resurface the 3 metre wide piece of pathway between Kemper Avenue and the old starter golf building within Callendar Park. This project will improve access to greenspace within Callendar Park and help encourage healthy exercise.
Over time and use in this popular part of the park the current surface has eroded and is no longer smooth making it difficult for families with pushchairs, walkers and runners to use.
You can donate £3 (the average the price for a coffee from major high street coffee chains) and know that you’re giving the park a much needed boost by helping resurface this route. If 8333 people ‘buy the park a coffee’ we can afford to completely resurface the path to an excellent standard.
We think the path network in the park is used by 200,000 visitors a year. If one in 24 people donate £3 we can afford this work.
We’re not just replying on you to make this project happen, we intend taking every pound raised in this crowdfund and using it as match funding in a grant aid bid. By donating you’re showing the funding agencies that this improvement is a priority for you and this will encourage them to support the project too. We hope to double your money and get twice the amount of surfacing done!
As we raise funds from other grants we will update this page to let supporters know how we are doing.
Falkirk Community Trust are delighted to be working on this path project with the support of parkrun, who use Callendar Park as a venue every Saturday at 9.30am.
To find out more about parkrun and join in the fun please visit www.parkrun.org.uk/falkirk
We’ve listed some suggested donations but if the exact amount you wish to donate is not listed on this page then please visit the Donate to a park page, choose Park Fund and then type a message starting with "Callendar Path" in the Why did you want to support this park/city fund? field.
You can now donate to Callendar Path project by TEXT. Just text the project code (PATH70) plus an amount to 70070 – for example: 'PATH70 £5' to donate £5. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation please REPLY to the Gift Aid text.
We are delighted that £16,601 has been raised for this project, a combination of individual donations by the public, a hundred pounds from the co-operative’s carrier bag levy and around sixteen thousand pounds of planning gain money made available through Falkirk Council following a contribution from a local development.n r
The path has been resurfaced and is already improving the Saturday morning parkrun experience as well as general public access.
Positive comments have already been received from a commuter who uses the route in the dark during the winter who was struggling with the potholes and a young family who had difficulty pushing their buggy over the previous uneven surface. Thank you so much to everyone who made the project happen. We’ve been able to close the crowdfund early due to all the funds needed being raised.
Waymarker posts and a start line for the parkrun route will be installed before Easter 2017 to finish off the physical work in the park.
Falkirk Community Trust would like to say a big thankyou to all the people who donated through the crowdfund page.
Updated on: 10th January 2017
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To make a donation, click on ‘Support Now’ and select your choice of Gift Level. If you are a UK tax payer, selecting a Level which includes Gift Aid means that we can top up your donation at no extra cost to you. Adding Gift Aid typically means that your online donation of, for example, £10 becomes a park investment of £11.53 (after paying platform and management fees). You need to provide your address to enable us to claim Gift Aid.
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