Young people working hard as improvements begin at Newton Stewart park
Newton Stewart Initiative is working on completion of one of its newest projects, taking part in Climate Challenge Activate in partnership with the D+G Youth Work team.
A group of pupils from Douglas-Ewart High are creating a path in Douglas Park to make it more accessible.
The young people are working hard to clear the ground and lay materials using a variety of tools.
NSI development manager Katrina Dick said: “As well as gaining practical skills, the group are learning about team-work, problem solving, health and safety, communication, leadership and climate change.
"The experience helps improve mental health and build relationships, and we get together every month for social activities like biking, football, or a BBQ.
"It’s a great way to get young people talking about the environment and can open up ideas for job opportunities.”
The project is supervised by three staff and funded via Climate Challenge Activate, Holywood Trust and Awards for All.
The path will be completed in the summer and is part of the development of the park, with a Changing Places toilet, inclusive play activities, adult exercise area and improvements to existing facilities all in the pipeline.
These will complement the BMX track and make Douglas Park a fantastic amenity for the town.
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