The countdown is under way for the first glimpse of the new project which will confirm Falkirk’s place on the tourist map.
Helix Day is Saturday, September 14 – less than nine days away – when there will be a chance to see the first area which has been completed.
After years in the planning and construction, people will finally have an opportunity to see what The Helix is all about.
Although it is guaranteed to attract visitors from far and wide, the massive environmental initiative is fundamentally an attraction for the people of Falkirk and Grangemouth.
Built on wasteground between the two towns, the £43 million development will transform the landscape with a public park, lagoon, pathways, canal hub, visitor centre and the iconic Kelpies.
The two 30-metre tall steel plated sculptures in the shape of horse’s heads have been designed by Glasgow artist Andy Scott. Their giant presence will soar over the 350 hectare site and already can be seen for miles around.
The Helix consists of four different zones and at its heart sits Helix Park, which boasts a large lagoon for water sports, a great lawn for events and activities, a splash play area and plaza cafe – all designed around feedback from people living in the local communities.
A focal point on Helix Day will be the tree sculpture, the Wynden Tree being assembled on the giant lawn and constructed from steel and willow. It is the work of artist Alex Rigg with the help of schoolchildren and community groups.
Looking forward to the day, Mike King, Helix programme director, said: “It was important to have local input. We want the people of Falkirk to be proud of their new greenspace and use it as often as they can.”