Community inspired park for the heart of Glasgow

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(Photo: Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod celebrates the opening of Camlachie Community Park with pupils from St Anne's RC Primary School.)

A former football bus park in the heart of Glasgow is being transformed into a new thriving and vibrant greenspace park for the benefit of the local community. 

The Camlachie Community Park, in the east end of the city has had a landscape makeover and the next phase of work is to create a skate park, bouldering facility and a natural play and adventure area. 

The partnership project between Glasgow City Council, West of Scotland Housing Association, Forestry Commission Scotland and the local community, received a funding boost of £156,000 from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund towards the new adventure play facilities.

The funding was announced today by Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod, during a visit to launch the new community park.

Dr McLeod said:

“In total, around £510,500 of greenspace funding through the CSGN Development Fund will go towards 13 different greenspace projects across the central belt. 

“The long-term aim of the funding is to kick-start a transformation to make the central belt a better place to live and work within, by delivering a high quality environment for everybody.

“The Camlachie Community Park is a great example of this. By working in partnership, all those involved are taking a piece of unused derelict land and creating a brilliant area of greenspace for local people to enjoy.”

With the funding now in place, work is expected to commence soon on the bouldering and skate park, which should be ready at the end of this year. The adventure and natural play area will be completed the following year.

The new community park has been created out of land that was formerly used as a bus park.
The project is one of 20 Commonwealth Games Greener Legacy Projects, being close to venues such as Celtic Park and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. It also creates a greenspace link to Forestry Commission Scotland’s flagship woodland park being built at Cuningar Loop, just opposite the former Athlete’s Village.

Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “As one of the council’s leading legacy projects I’m pleased to see this site come off our vacant and derelict land register and be turned into a vibrant, green and useable space. It’s a real asset to the area and the community, which of course they helped shape, and I look forward to seeing it progress further over the next couple of years with the creation of the play areas and wildlife habitat.

“Camlachie Community Park is a great space also it’s about improving people’s wellbeing as they enjoy being outdoors and can find links to other nearby recreational areas.

“Hosting the Games was a catalyst to transform the city and it is also particularly fitting with this being Glasgow’s Green Year 2015, where we are celebrating our aspiration to be one of the most sustainable cities around,  that we are keeping the momentum going with similar transformation projects in Sandyhills and Castlemilk to look forward to in the future.”

Carron Garmory, Interim Chief Executive at West of Scotland Housing Association said: “We are delighted to bring phase one of this community regeneration project to a successful conclusion.  This park enhances our 15 year, £60million regeneration of Camlachie and brings about transformational change by taking a vacant and derelict land site and creating a fantastic people centric space.

“This project enhances the delivery of our sustainable communities strategy and provides a fit for purpose multi-functional green space with the long term aim of improving the health and wellbeing of our customers and the wider community.  This year marks the Association’s 50th Anniversary and what better way to mark this milestone than by being part of such a fantastic legacy project.”

Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN, added: 

“The CSGN Development Funding will ensure we continue to make a considerable contribution to projects like Camlachie Community Park, which is revitalising vacant and derelict land into a valuable greenspace resource.  The Fund will also support projects which are enhancing access routes for the benefit of local and disadvantaged communities, businesses and the environment."

The funding for the CSGN Development Fund 2015-16 has been made available through Forestry Commission Scotland and Transport Scotland.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.