Goal is a new 3G stadium in Denny

An artist's impression of how the new main stand at Westfield Park in Denny could look.
An artist's impression of how the new main stand at Westfield Park in Denny could look.

Ambitious plans have been unveiled which would transform a dilapidated football ground into a modern stadium fit for community use.

Westfield Park in Denny, home of Dunipace Juniors, would have a 3G artificial pitch installed and new changing facilities created.

The club, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, is working in partnership with Falkirk Ladies and Central Rio F.C. on the project. Both teams expect to make the new Westfield their permanent base.

It also envisaged that by installing a plastic pitch the ground could be opened up for regular use by the public.

However the completion of the project, which is still at the design stage, relies upon the club receiving backing from Sportscotland, Falkirk Community Trust and the wider community.

Westfield Park is currently in a run-down condition and has suffered from several break-ins, deliberately-started fires and vandalism in recent years.

Craig McKinlay, first team manager and club committee member, said: “We have been working for some time towards attaining support and funding in order to introduce a 3G football pitch at Westfield Park which will benefit the local community. It is widely acknowledged that this area has a gap in terms of leisure and football training facilities.

“We are aware these are ambitious plans but believe this is something that, with the right support, we can work towards achieving.

“This may be a case of building up gradually to these plans, however, the end goal is the complete facility for which we have drawn up images and costing.

“It will take some time, and we have a long way to go to achieve this or something close to this level of facility, but we have a number of very positive and determined people in place who are working towards making this plan a reality.

“We believe that this project will be warmly received by the local community - and it certainly has been thus far through various discussions across a number of forums. We need that support moving forward.”

The community stadium plans were warmly received by members of Denny and Dunipace Community Council when they were presented at a meeting last week.

Westfield has been home to Dunipace Juniors since 1971 and was previously used by Denny Hibernian.

Meanwhile, all children accompanied by adult will gain free admission to Dunipace’s last home match of the season against Port Glasgow on Saturday.

All children attending will also be presented with a free season ticket for next season.

The scheme is being promoted as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Kick-off on Saturday is 2 p.m.