It has been a week of celebration in two key communities in the city.
Today we toured the Tillydrone Community Campus as the official completion of a hub that will radically change daily life for thousands of residents was marked.
It’s part of the countdown to the community opening event on August 23 and there’s a great sense of anticipation locally.
With £6million invested in creating a focal point for Tillydrone, it’s part of the Council’s commitment to ensuring the area thrives in the years ahead. As well as spending on important infrastructure, including the campus and planned new primary school, there is also an emphasis on community initiatives that support every generation.
The Tillydrone Community Campus includes a library, creche, café, rooms for classes and other activities as well as access to Council services. It will bring residents together and will help build on the great community spirit there is in Tillydrone.
On the opposite side of the city, there has also been cause for celebration this week as work began on the development of the Cruyff Court at Tullos.
Serving young people from Tullos, Torry and the south of Aberdeen it will build on the success of the first court at Catherine Street in the heart of the city. It’s really encouraging to see how well used that facility has been since it opened, with the excellent work of the Denis Law Legacy Trust’s Streetsport initiative such an integral part of that, and all of the partners in the project are looking forward to recreating that at the new site.
The Council has invested £250,000 in the project, with the Johan Cruyff Foundation adding £50,000 to the funding pot, and contractors expect to complete the work over the winter.
The Cruyff Court concept isn’t rooted in unearthing the next Dutch master or budding Denis Law – it’s about encouraging every young person, regardless of ability or sporting background, to take part in fun, inclusive activity where they can build friendships and increase confidence. That’s a goal that we can all support.
Understandably there’s a great focus on the big-ticket projects in the city centre and beyond with P&J Live, Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Music Hall, Union Terrace Gardens, Provost Skene’s House capturing the imagination of residents and visitors.
What we shouldn’t overlook is the equally important work taking place in our communities, from creating new housing and schools to providing vibrant community hubs and leisure facilities as well as initiatives ranging from free school meals during holiday periods to fostering food growing skills.
The sum of Aberdeen’s parts will always be the key to the city’s success and the focus is on ensuring every area is given the tools to ensure residents thrive and prosper.