£250,000 to launch transformation of park at heart of Dunipace community

Work to transform Herbertshire Castle Park - better known as the Gala Park - into a "welcoming, accessible place at the heart of the community" will soon be underway.

By Kirsty Paterson
Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 7:15 am
Herbertshire Castle Park
Herbertshire Castle Park

Phase one of the £250,000 project, will see several trees being planted and new picnic areas, park benches and viewing platforms added around the Dunipace park.

Signage will be improved and paths widened to make them suitable for wheelchairs, while accessible parking bays will be added.

It's an exciting moment for members of the Community Green Initiative (CGI), who have led the project to transform the park over many years, working with other local people and organisations.

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Donna Heaney, chair of CGI, said: “The Gala Park is a fantastic resource for our community, providing almost eight hectares of greenspace adjacent to the River Carron.

"The local community has worked very hard over the last 10 years to bring together a masterplan for improvements to the park.

“We all want it to be a welcoming, accessible place at the heart of our community that all of us love and are proud of – whether it’s to play football, or just take in the beauty and tranquillity of the natural environment that it affords.

"We are very excited about the start of phase one. It is a massive step in an exciting journey. We can’t wait to get going.”

Councillor Robert Spears, portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at Falkirk Council, said: “By working together, the project is set to deliver meaningful improvements that will create an attractive and accessible greenspace that all locals can enjoy.”

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