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Scottish Canals gets £500K for Helix visitor centre

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The Scottish Government is giving £500,000 to help build the £1.2 million Kelpies canal hub visitor centre at the Helix.

The Helix is expected to officially open this summer when the regeneration of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth will be complete.

The project is a partnership between Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals with the £25 million grant it received from the Big Lottery fund, the largest ever made at the time.

Since September, much of the Helix Park has been open to the public and is already proving a popular location. However, the opening of the £5 million Kelpies and 
visitor centre is expected to be an even bigger attraction.

The 30-metre tall work by Glasgow-based artist Andy Scott is claimed to be the largest equine sculpture in the world and one of the largest pieces of public art in the UK.

Once complete, the Kelpies Hub will form the North Sea entrance to Central Scotland’s inland waterways through the one kilometre canal extension and new sea loch. An adventure play area for children of all ages, is expected to be ready by the spring.

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