Water feature has made a splash at Dunorlan Park

Water feature has made a splash at Dunorlan Park
RAISE A GLASS: Friends of Dunorlan Park celebrate the new bottle filling station

The process took over two years from start to finish and cost £4,000, funded by a private benefactor.

Peter Russell, Chairman of the Friends of Dunorlan Park, told the Times: “We have had an unofficial opening, but we are planning to have a proper one sometime soon.

“It took a long time because of Covid, but about two years ago member and enthusiatic parkrunner Jack Thomson gave a presentation at one of our meetings with about 50 of our members present and talked about the benefits of drinking water features in public areas.

“At the end of the meeting, one lady (who wishes to remain anonymous) came up to the front and very generously said she would like to fund the feature. These funds were then topped up by parkrun.

“There was a lot of discussion with the council about the style of water feature we wanted, and it took a lot of time to source the right product, but eventually we decided on the bottle filling station.”

He added that Professor Michael Holman, Chairman of the Water in the Wells initiative, was ‘enthusiatic’ about the project.

Mr Russell added: “It will benefit park users and parkrun in particular as runners will be pleased to be able to refill their bottles on a Saturday morning.

“As a group, the Friends of Dunorlan Park exists to support the council and, as well as membership fees from our 300-plus members, we get some really kind donations.

“We’ve funded some big projects, including reinforcing the islands in the lake and installing new paths, and at the moment we’re talking about fencing a part of the lake to create a wildlife area where ducks and geese and their young are safer and don’t get chased by dogs.”

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