Bught Park User Group secures funding for feasibility study
Over the past 12 months the Camanachd Association have facilitated a number of Bught Park User Group meetings regarding the future of the Bught Park with the ultimate vision of developing a high quality accessible home for leisure and recreation that reflects the needs of its local community.
Our motivation is to support the development of the facility specifically for the benefit of the game of shinty which will better serve the needs of the local club in the city and be modernised to a high standard capable of hosting Cup Finals and International matches for years to come.
The Bught Park Users Group met early in 2019 following initial concerns being raised about the current standards and future prospects for the Bught Park and its facilities. Invitations to the first meetings were distributed by Highlife Highland to all of the user groups. Responses were received from the following groups who attended the first user group meeting including Highland Council, Camanachd Association, Inverness Shinty Club, Highlife Highland, LCC Live Events Services Ltd, Inverness District FA, Highland Wildcats, Clachnacuddin FC, South Highland Schools Athletic Association, Horne’s Pleasure Fairs, Inverness Park Run, Ballifeary Community Council, Inverness Craig Dunain RFC, Inverness Sports Council and Highland Hockey.
Previous attempts to start such a project have failed due to a lack of partnership working therefore our approach from the outset has been to be inclusive and to work in collaboration with the users and the key partners in order to provide the best platform for success. We have invested considerable time and effort into establishing a User Group and working towards a collaborative approach to obtain funding for a Feasibility Study as a platform for greater understanding around the potential options that exist for the future of the facility.
The goals of the User Group include the following:
· Help the people of Inverness and beyond to secure the most from the Bught Park facilities and surrounding green spaces by maximising usage & interest through enhancement and development.
· Improve our active infrastructure at the Bught Park to include
· New changing facilities with appropriate showering and toileting facilities
· Disability access
· Seating for spectators
· Lighting to extend the accessible time available
· Consider Astroturf or Hybrid pitch(es)
· Catering facilities and meeting space for user groups and community
· Office space
It is hoped the feasibility study will commence before the end of March and we look forward to reviewing the findings of EKOS in due course.