Dalmuir Park in Clydebank has been restored and improved.
Established in 1906, the park was within the former grounds of Dalmuir House and was opened to provide the local community with an essential green space in the industrial town. The fountain and former bandstand were constructed in 1907 and turned the park into the focal point of social activity including a number of political rallies between 1945 and 1963.
The project will see various improvements to the park including improving access routes, refurbishing play and sports facilities and better signage.
The heritage features of the park will also be restored and enhanced, including repairing the Edwardian fountain, rock garden and floral boat; restoring the character of the woodlands; developing planting and repairing weirs, piers and sluices at Duntocher Burn.
The Council also hopes to improve community engagement in Clydebank, encouraging local volunteers and groups to become involved not only with the restoration work, but in the continued management of the park, community events and educational opportunities.
Ronnie Dinnie, the Council’s Head of Neighbourhood Services, said:
“Restoring this park to its former glory will contribute to the social regeneration of Clydebank and add to the growing sense of civic pride here.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £859,600 to regenerate and restore the park in July 2011 and West Dumbarton Council committed £610,000 to the project. A further £272,000 in non-cash in kind contributions was also pledged.
The work will be completed in January 2013, with the various community engagement elements being funded until April 2015.
Councillor Lawrence O’Neill, Depute Convener of Housing, Environmental and Economic Development said:
“We are very grateful to everyone involved in restoration of the park and the work which has been put in to restore the park it its former glory. Following the work, Dalmuir Park will be a great benefit to the area and I am sure it will be well used by the community, not only today but for generations to come.”