Regular users of Leith Links will know that many of the paths that criss-cross the park have become very uneven, largely due to unruly tree roots and the simple passage of time.
And even though a fair bit of cash has been spent in the last couple of years on improving the path along the north edge of the park and building the link to Portobello – there can be no doubt that the poor quality of the other paths in the park is one reason why Leithers say they are more dissatisfied with their parks than folk in other parts of the city.
News that the council has allocated an additional £50,000 this year to improve the pathways in Leith Links will therefore help to keep the momentum of park improvements going and be welcomed by many. Whilst we don’t know exactly where this money will be spent, it’s likely that further improvements will be made to the area outside St Mary’s Primary School to make it safer for both school pupils and the increasing number of cyclists using the path.
The trees on Leith Links have also taken a pounding in the last couple of storms, and so it also good to see Parks Officers have plans to plant an additional 13 new trees in the East Links to help fill in some of the gaps.
You can see what types of trees will be planted where in the map below.