More than two decades ago an area was set aside at the Meningie town oval for a playground. Because of the Netball Club leasing arrangement with Council, that spot is not where the playground has been placed, however the Meningie community oval has finally got its playground.
A sub-committee of the Meningie Progress Association, the Meningie Oval Playground Support group or MOPSgroup for short was formed in August 2010 to raise funds and construct a playground facility at the town oval in Meningie. After more than two years of hard work the group have completed stage one of the facility.
Chairman of MOPSgroup, Marianne Cunneen said that she was delighted that finally the recreation hub of Meningie has the playground it has desired for many years. Meningie is one of the last club grounds in the River Murray Football League to get a playground, even though it is the ground that has the most room to facilitate one.
The multi-play piece and a double swing were constructed by APlay last Tuesday (11 Sept) and the soft fall was spread by Zane Turner, Shaun Cunneen and Jeff Earle on Saturday (15 Sept). Harvey Betts kindly donated the use of his loader and by 3pm on Saturday afternoon the playground was ready for children to use to the delight of a small group of children waiting to have the first go.
Marianne said that most of the fundraising group are young Mums with very small children and babies and it is a credit to them to have raised the money to fund this playground. Events such as an auction, raffles, halloween discos, catering, a pasta night, golf day, wine sales and a mini debutant presentation were held to raise funds. These along with many generous donations and grant funding helped to achieve this goal. Some of this grant funding required the money to be used by a specific date. This along with the rising cost of the play equipment, the committee decided to construct a section of the playground now to give the children something to play on while the money is gained for the rest.
Marianne added that work will now begin on raising funds for stage two of the four stage project. This will include several smaller pieces of equipment, some seating and a fence.
Stage three includes facilities for an older group of youth and it is hoped that it will include a 'Rage Cage' and skate board ramps. Stage four is planned to facilitate shade for the playground.
The playground is available for the whole community any time as well as visitors to the town. Marianne said that she is sure that the other football and netball clubs in the River Murray League, as well as the cricket clubs will appreciate the facility and utilise it as much as our own community will. Visitors to the town are welcome to use the facility and the trees in the area make for a great place for families to gather for a picnic and play (but bring the insect repellent!).The next event on the group’s fundraising calendar is a Meningie School Class Reunion on 13 October. After holding Halloween events for the children for the last two years, the group have organised an adults Halloween night this year. Now is the time to start searching for the perfect Halloween Costume for the 'Halloween at the Haunted Cheese House' on 3 November. Tickets are $15.and are available from Marianne. Contact Marianne on 0437 320 779.
A BIG THANK YOU to the Coorong District Council for their $5,000 cash contribution and their $2,500 in kind contribution to the Meningie Oval Playground.
A HUGE THANKYOU TO FRRR (Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal)
for their $4,000 contribution to the Meningie Oval Playground.
This generous contribution has allowed us to complete stage 1. of the project.
A BIG Thank you to Michael and Tania VandenBrink, our gracious host of the Miltalie Farm Girls Night Out on March 30. A thank you must also go to Meningie Area School for letting us borrow the PA. Thank you to everyone who donated food and helped set up and all those who supported the event. Hope that you all enjoyed yourselves especially those who were lucky enough to get a foot or hand massage.
Congratulations to Ros Wright who won the raffle
of $200 worth of Fifth Avenue Jewellery.
Also a BIG THANK YOU to Bec, Rachel and Michelle. 'Fifth Avenue Jewellery, Body Shop and Bell Ella Rose' .
See Bella Ella Rose on Face Book or check out the range at the Friends of Jallarah Easter Market at the RSL hall on Easter Saturday morning.
Mention the Meningie Oval Playground and she will donated a portion of your purchase to us.
If you club or group would like to hold a fundraising event for the playground, contact Marianne on 0437 320 779.
Members of the Meningie Oval Playground Support Group (MOPSgroup), recently received news that they were successful at receiving an $8,000 grant from Community Benefits SA. THANKYOU
SAN-REMO donated 45 kg of pasta for our very successful Pasta Night held recently
at the Football Club.
We raised more than $500. from the event.
Thankyou very much SAN REMO!