The transformation of Hawick park continues
The £3.64 million scheme to regenerate Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park, being funded by the Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, has seen a busy period of activity across the park.
It means the majority of the infrastructure will be completed by Easter 2017, one year ahead of the overall project completion date of April 2018.
Work on the new café and bridge is progressing well, and the contractors and the developers of the new play-park have agreed to share access and facilities, allowing work on the play-park to start well ahead of schedule. This will ensure both contracts are fully co-ordinated and ready to open ahead of the April 2017 target.
The upgraded waterfall walk and education area adjacent to Hawick Museum were completed in the autumn, providing a purpose-built seating and demonstration space for the museum and outdoor events.
A successful application to SUSTRANS for £100,000 of funding has also enabled improvements to footpath surfaces, lighting and signage. A further £20,000 from Smarter Choices, Smarter Places will fund the promotion of cycling in the park.
Gilbert Davidson Fountain
Preparatory works have been completed around the fountain which has included the removal of a number of trees and shrubs in order to restore the original setting for the feature and open up views to and from the museum.
Landscape work around the Gilbert Davidson Fountain is ongoing, and will continue in early 2017. This will restore the original setting of the feature and make the area more accessible. The fountain itself is also going to be restored as part of the project.
Wilton Lodge Park has hosted more than 20 events this summer, including a performance by Dougie MacLean in the Walled Garden.
Councillor David Paterson, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “This is a fantastic project which will result in a major improvement to Wilton Lodge Park, making it an even better place for local people and visitors to spend time and enjoy themselves.
“I am delighted that we will finish some of the works ahead of schedule, especially the play-park, which will be a fantastic facility for children in our town and will attract visitors to Hawick as it will be one of the biggest and best in the south of Scotland.”
SBC’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar, said: “With the café, bridge and play-park set to open next year, we aim to see yet more visitors come to Wilton Lodge Park in 2017.”
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