Upgrades to sports facilities in Montgomery Street Park and Victoria Park look set to go ahead this spring.
Work is soon to get underway on sorting out the tired and pot-holed pitch in Montgomery Street Park.
The upgrade comes after Members of The Friends of Montgomery Street Park made a successful bid to the Biffa Award.
The £40,000 award will be used to level and resurface the sports pitch with rubber. The pitch will then be re-painted with lines for both football and basketball.
New goal posts and basketball hoops will be also be installed along with new seating in the form of long-lasting and low-maintenance recycled plastic benches.
The successful bid illustrates why wide ranging consultation among local groups is so important, as the people at Biffa were clearly impressed with the planning that had gone into the bid and the support it had from other nearby institutions.
Commenting on the award, Jackie Reid, Head Teacher at Leith Walk Primary School, said: “Many of our pupils make excellent use of the park, which has become a hub of our community. As a school, we use the park extensively to ensure our pupils are active and healthy. We also hold our Nursery Sports Day there each year in June. Improving the facility in this way will undoubtedly enhance our school, and wider community.”
The work in Montgomery Street Park will start in mid-March and should be finished by the end of April.
Meanwhile in Victoria park, there are also improvements on the cards.
This week councillors are expected to green light a further £10,000 towards the re-instatement of two tennis courts and a basketball pitch in Victoria Park too. It is hoped these facilities will be ready in time for the school summer holidays.
This latest £10,000 follows a grant of £50,000 towards the Victoria Park Project from the Scottish Government.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture & Sport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We have a range of outdoor courts and pitches in Edinburgh but some sites are being better used than others. By upgrading and adding to the facilities we already have, we will hope to inspire more people to get into outdoor sport and physical activity.”
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