Residents knuckle down to beautifying Blairgowrie

​A lot of planning and back-breaking work has gone into the transformation of the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre, which was initiated by the dedicated Ward Councillor Cllr Lucinda Harman. With a vision to enhance the community’s recreational space, she presented her idea to the Ward Committee, who eagerly embraced the concept.

The collective enthusiasm for this project extended to the Sport and Recreation Offices, where Edwina Fillies saw the potential and welcomed the idea with open arms, marking the beginning of a transformative endeavour. 

Ward Committee brought the necessary gardening tools and plants. What set this beautification project apart was its unconventional “stop and go” method. The team would convene whenever, exchange ideas, and in between those who felt a need to ditch the conversation for planting did that with less stress.

As and when they could spare a moment, they would contribute to the discussion and back to planting. It was unconventional but productive. Discussions evolved into engaging brainstorming sessions, where practical suggestions emerged, and participants would return to the task at hand with renewed vigour.These discussions weren’t limited to the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre.

The focus extended to the overall improvement of sport and recreation facilities in Ward 102. The Ferndale Recreation Centre and Blairgowrie Swimming Pool, in particular, were scrutinised in great detail as they demanded attention too.

In the midst of all the hard work, there were moments of respite, with tea and coffee breaks fostering a sense of camaraderie. The participants emphasized the importance of “doing what matters” and being accountable, recognising that their collective efforts would bear fruit in the form of the beautiful flowers, the freshness of irrigated soil, and the delightful scent that filled the air, creating an enchanting atmosphere.

What emerged from the discussions was the need to formalise the terms of engagement and adopt the “Friends of the Recreation Centre” model, which is aimed at solidifying a social contract among the members of the community.

The overarching message that resonated was one of unity and shared responsibility. Everyone recognised their role in ensuring that public sport and recreation facilities remained safe, clean, and welcoming for all. In this collective effort, the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre stood as a shining example of what a community can achieve when they come together with a shared purpose and dedication to their shared spaces.

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