Beaming smiles as new park opens

New park Gorebridge

A jam-packed opening ceremony

A piper, balloons and games kept the crowd entertained at the jam-packed, opening ceremony.

Now a community asset

The Midlothian Council project has seen the 2.2 hectare acre site converted into a community asset, incorporating an orchard, wildflower meadow, planted areas, paths and woodland.

The area was vacant and derelict

The cabinet member for parks and open spaces, Councillor Derek Rosie said: “Welcome everyone. What a transformation! To think that just a few months ago, this area had become vacant and derelict due to safety concerns. It was underused and certainly not very attractive.

Locals will enjoy the space for years to come

“Well, just look at it now. I’m sure you will all be enjoying this space for years to come. Many thanks to everyone who has helped this project happen including Ellen Scott and Gorebridge Cares and also Central Scotland Green Network.”

The park held so many memories for older people

 Ellen Scott, who chairs the local community group, Gorebridge Cares, said: “I am very happy that the park is now open and this lovely green space, with its views to the Pentlands, can be enjoyed by everyone in Gorebridge. The park held so many happy memories for the older people of the village and I am sure they will be pleased that these memories and traditions can be carried on by future generations.  I hope this park will grow and blossom in the future into a really special place."

A valuable green space

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, said: “We are very proud to have played our part in transforming this underutilised area to create a valuable greenspace in Gorebridge that will be used by many generations to come.

“This initiative is an important part of the wider Central Scotland Green Network programme, which supports environmental enhancements on the ground across the central belt of Scotland to create a high quality green network for people to live in and enjoy.”

 Gorebridge is transforming

The park, which also now includes a new entrance with ornamental gates, is just one example of how Gorebridge is transforming. The area is now served by the Borders Railway, the new primary school, Gore Glen, has just opened and the multi-purpose community hub, the Gorebridge Beacon, is well underway.

Money from various pots

Money for the park project has come from various ‘pots’ from council budgets and from Central Scotland Green Network.

A geogrid, which is a synthetic mesh, has been installed beneath the surface of the site to support the landscape as it sits on old mine workings.

Council plans play facilities

Eventually, if further funding is secured, the council plans to work with the local community on play facilities for young people.

 Gorebridge Station is one of four stations in Midlothian served by the Borders Railway.

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Ellen Scott on left is pictured with Anne Maher, also of Gorebridge Cares, Councillor Derek Rosie, Midlothian's cabinet member for parks and young Amy Paul, 7, and piper Alastair McNeill.

2 Sep 2016