Work is underway to transform a “blot of the landscape”, the former playing fields in Gorebridge, into a community park.
The £105,000 Midlothian Council project will see the 2.2 hectare acre site converted into a community asset, incorporating an orchard, wildflower meadow, planted areas, paths and woodland.
A council spokesman said: “This site, opposite Gorebridge Primary School, has been a real blot on the landscape. However, with fantastic support from local people, we’re now on track to improve the space and make it safe for the benefit of the local community.”
Money for the park project, which will also include a new entrance with ornamental gates, is coming from various the council and the Central Scotland Green Network.
A geogrid, which is a synthetic mesh, will be installed beneath the surface of the site to support the landscape as it sits on old mine workings. Work should be completed by mid April.
A delighted Gorebridge Cares chairman Ellen Scott said: “This is an important strategic area which will give lots of children around the new park a lovely place to play.
“It is across from the local primary school, which means parents and pupils will be able to walk, cycle and scooter to school and it will also be ideal for the school’s daily daunders.
“I hope that everyone - young and old - will be able to enjoy this lovely green open space in the middle of Gorebridge.”