Hoopy days are here again

Ritchie Adam, Ross McKemmie, councillor Montague, Bernard Fishman, councillor Waters, councillor McCaskill and councillor Robertson.
Ritchie Adam, Ross McKemmie, councillor Montague, Bernard Fishman, councillor Waters, councillor McCaskill and councillor Robertson.

STATESIDE sport is making its mark in East Ren with the bilding of a new basketball practice area in Rouken Glen Park.

And it will be a joy to the ears of members of the Giffnock, Thornliebank, Netherlee, Stamperland and Williamwood Area Forumwho have helped get the project off the ground.

Councillor Mary Montague, chair for the area forum and convener for community services, said: “It’s great to see the Area Forum generously allocating £10,000 of their budget to make this happen.

“It has taken a few years, from concept to completition, but it is a great achievement.”

Area Forum volunteer Bernard Fishman (86) said: “I am delighted to have contributed to such a successful community project.

“Area Forums can be very empowering for local communities to have decision-making power and influence on what is going on within their own paericular community.

“This has given a great sense of pride over the many years I have been involved.”

Councillor Vincent Waters, convener for Environment, added: “Uptake has been strong amongst local basketball enthusiasts shotting the hoops come rain, hail or shine.

“The basketball hoop is a great addition to the skate park in Rouken Glen Park, which is the jewel in the crown of all our beautiful parks and one of East Renfrewshire’s main visitor attractions.”