Community park for Gorebridge gets the go-ahead

Kids and members of Gorebridge Cares community group at the site of the proposed community park in the centre of the village
Kids and members of Gorebridge Cares community group at the site of the proposed community park in the centre of the village

Plans to breathe new life into derelict land by turning it into a park have been given the go-ahead after the project received a green grant.

The Old Gala Day field in Gorebridge has been closed for 10 years but will soon become a community park thanks to Gorebridge Community Cares, which has now raised £91,000 of the £105,000 total cost in two years. Landscaping and geo-gridding work will begin this summer, taking six -eight weeks to complete.

The project to open up the space behind Scotmid to the public whilst creating a new cycle path, last week received £16,000 grant from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund.

Ellen Scott of Gorebridge Cares told the Advertiser she is delighted that work will soon start on the site.

She said: “It’s absolutely fantastic, I can’t tell you how pleased I am.

“When you are waiting and waiting, but you know you have to be patient, a bit of you worries that if it doesn’t happen soon people will lose heart. So this news is brilliant.

“James Kinch at the council has kept faith with the project and kept pushing for this grant. The community also wrote letters of support.

“This is just the beginning of it. Getting it open to the public, all landscaped, with a cycle path too.

“Ideally we would like to first get a play area for kids and from there it could grow.”

As well as this latest grant the group has received £56,000 from the council, £13,000 from Councillor Cath Johnstone’s fund, £5,000 from the council’s parks’ department, £1,000 from Melville Housing, and Gorebridge Cares has raised £1,000 itself.

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