A brand new woodland park created on the positioning of a former mine and garbage dump on the banks of the River Clyde is to be prolonged, due to a £2.three million funding enhance.
The 15-hectare park at Cuningar Loop, close to Dalmarnock, options Scotland’s first outside bouldering web site for rock climbers, riverside boardwalks, a motorcycle monitor, a playpark, outside train gear, public artwork installations, a restaurant and a typical inexperienced space for picnicking and staging occasions.
The world had beforehand been used as a quarry, an unlawful mine and for landfill.
However a £5.7 million transformation by the Clyde Gateway, Scotland’s greatest and most bold regeneration programme, noticed intensive works carried out to decontaminate and restore the land and create the park.
The most recent a part of the undertaking will see an extra 8.5 hectares of vacant and derelict land that has been unused for 50 years reclaimed and became accessible inexperienced house.
Practically 140,000 individuals used the park, in its first full yr of operation.
The money comes from the Clyde Mission, which is led by the Scottish Authorities.
Final yr the Clyde Mission Fund offered greater than £11 million of funding for tasks that can create jobs and profit communities alongside the river.
The organisation is now additionally searching for concepts from native individuals and companies on how the river’s financial, social and environmental potential will be maximised whereas concurrently tackling dangers comparable to flooding.
Scottish financial system secretary Fiona Hyslop mentioned: “It’s our objective to make the river an engine of sustainable and inclusive progress for Glasgow, the area and Scotland.
“We wish to perceive the priorities and ambitions of individuals and organisations linked to the river.
“Whether or not you reside or work within the space, that is your alternative to affect the Clyde Mission’s improvement and future plans.
“The river presents challenges in addition to alternatives and we wish to hear concepts on themes together with jobs, abilities and the way greatest to convey land again into productive use by tasks just like the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, which advantages communities and the surroundings.”
Ian Manson, chief government of the Clyde Gateway, mentioned: “We’re delighted to welcome Clyde Mission’s funding to unlock this subsequent stage of funding.
“Cuningar Loop Woodland Park has been a focus for Clyde Gateway, and in addition to offering an instantaneous jobs enhance by way of development it is going to assist handle problems with well being inequality, instructional attainment and social capital which have been additional impacted by Covid-19.”
Cuningar Loop Woodland Park is situated in Rutherglen, throughout the river from the Athletes’ Village created at Dalmarnock for the 2014 Commonwealth Video games in Glasgow.
Clyde Mission focuses on utilizing the land instantly adjoining to the river as a nationwide strategic asset and follows the Clyde from its origins within the Lowther hills by to the opening of the river between Gourock and Dunoon.
In December 2020, backing for 12 tasks by the Clyde Mission Fund was introduced by the financial system secretary.
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