Kay Park Wins Award for Outstanding Community Event
Kay Park in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire won the prestigious Best Have a Field Day Award at the 2013 Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony on 28 November 2012.
Hosted by the charity’s trustee Graeme Le Saux at Lords Cricket Ground, the Awards celebrate the fantastic achievements of the past year, of the charity and its partners, focusing on outstanding individuals, landowners and other organisations who have worked hard over the last 12 months to ensure that everyone has access to outdoor recreational space.
Kay Park fought off fierce competition from fellow shortlisted sites Burwell Recreation Ground in Witney and King George V Playing Fields in Creetown, Dumfries and Galloway. The winner was selected by a judging panel including representatives from Sport England, Sport Wales, Join In, sportscotland, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, SITA Trust, Green Flag Awards and The Guardian.
The Best Have a Field Day Award was given to reward a Fields in Trust protected site for hosting an outstanding community event, bringing people together on their protected site. Kay Park was a flagship event, combining Have a Field Day and PlayDay from PlayScotland. Held on the 7th August, the East Ayrshire Council’s Vibrant Communities ‘Playful Places’ celebration attracted more than 10,000 people. Celebrating the Child’s Right to Play, the event was divided into zones including ‘Messy Play’, ‘Adventure Play’ and ‘Fun Play’. They also focused on creating legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games, working with local sports clubs and partners to provide a range of activities. There was football, golf, boxing, a skate park, boccia, as well as the play and games.
Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: “Congratulations to everyone who organised Kay Park’s Playful Places Have a Field Day: it was a wonderful day for a community, linking in with some great national initiatives. The work that was done before, on the day and afterwards, also helped forge partnerships and epitomised for us the spirit of Have a Field Day”.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “East Ayrshire Council’s Play Day is the biggest and best event in the country. The Kay Park, in the heart of Kilmarnock, comes alive with laughter and fun as ten thousand young people and their families enjoy all the day has to offer. Allison Young, EA Positive Play and the many volunteers involved thoroughly deserve recognition by Fields in Trust. We are in an enviable position in Kilmarnock with wonderful green spaces in the centre of the town. The Council’s Outdoor Amenities team maintains all our parks to a very high standard and the Kay Park remains popular with local families all year round.”
Allison Young, Play & Recreation Officer within the EA Positive Play team who co-ordinates the event said: “We are delighted to win the 2013 Fields in Trust Best Have a Field Day Award. Our Playful Places event, as part of national Play Day, brought thousands of families to our Fields in Trust protected site, Kay Park to have the opportunity to take part in and enjoy numerous play activities; all free of charge. “The day was the result of a lot of hard work and planning by the full Vibrant Communities service, staff and volunteers, so this award is a lovely acknowledgement of this and will bring some real positive feedback to the town of Kilmarnock. The next Play Day will take place on Wednesday 6 August and we hope it will be the biggest and best yet.”