Action plan for multi-million pound investment in Dunfermline park

pittencrieff park, dunfermline'comp from fife council'9th february 2012
pittencrieff park, dunfermline'comp from fife council'9th february 2012

The City of Dunfermline Area Committee has approved a green space action plan for 2012.

The action plan sets out and prioritises the work that is required to improve on the quality of parks and public green spaces, play areas, allotments, woods, outdoor sports and floral features in the area.

Work to Pittencrieff Park, Duloch Park, the Public Park and Townhill Country Park has been highlighted as high priority although others including the Rex Park, the Lyne Burn, Towerburn and the Crematorium Wood have also been identified.

The multi-million pound investments in Pittencrieff Park, thanks to funding from Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund, will see a £1 million improvement to the pavilion building (due to be finished in July) and £1.5 million to restore paths, glasshouses, bridges and planting areas over the next few years.

A number of public planting areas will be improved, business sponsorship will be increased and there will be more floral features on display in the High Street.

New allotments will be opened at Keavil, Crossford and Townhill in March as well as an extension to Whirlbut Street.

Work on Townhill Country Park including the upgrading of the tennis courts, replacement of the 5-a-side pitch and improvements to the entrances and signage is due to be complete by summer.

A local environment group for Dunfermline will be set up to encourage members of the local community and businesses to get involved in horticultural and local environmental campaigns.

The majority of the projects in the action plan have funding in place although some are still dependent on securing funding in order to be carried out.

Councillor Joe Rosiejak, Chair of the Committee said: “Much work has been carried out to improve the quality of green spaces in the area over the last ten years. Investment for children and young people has been a key priority with improvements to numerous play parks, a new skate park beside the Music Institute and a multi-use games area at Milesmark.

“The regeneration of Abbeyview has resulted in a complete revamp of the local park and new allotments at Nith Street and a successful project in Crossford has involved the local community in transforming King George V Park.

“I look forward to seeing these developments take shape over the next year, particularly the marvelous work planned for Pittencrieff Park. Developing a masterplan for the Public Park in partnership with Dunfermline Central Community Council will be an important foundation for the work that is needed to improve the quality of these green spaces.”