Group welcome park funds

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King George V Park in Bearsden is to get revamped outdoor play park equipment - following a £9,000 funding boost.

The Killermont Park Development Group (KPDG) - which is made up of local residents in the Killermont area - was offered the money recently to purchase the new equipment, and is currently in the process of deciding now best to spent the cash.

The money was made available through East Dunbartonshire Council’s arrangement with the Westpoint Homes development on Boclair Road.

Chair of KPDG, Chris Castell, said: “The group was formed several years ago to help develop open spaces within the Killermont area and oversaw the successful upgrading of the old tennis courts and installation of lighting along the main pathways in King George V Park, but has been dormant for a few years since then.

“But when the council approached us recently when this extra funding became available, we felt it was a good opportunity to reinvigorate the group.”

The group has carried out some flower planting in the park over the last few years, but has not been involved in such a large project before.

Mrs Castell said: “We are going to raise more money and will be working with the council on what will happen in the area. The installation of the previous play equipment was installed by the council, so we have welcomed the opportunity to have some say in what is purchased this time.”

The group has been successful in gaining a ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’ grant towards planting some new wildflower sections around the edges of the park, and through the wooded corner on the Speirs Road side. Mrs Castell added: “Pupils from Boclair Academy will undertake this work in the near future, assisted by the Park Rangers from Mugdock and Council staff.”

The Park lies in the square made up from Rannoch Drive, Speirs Road, Albert Drive and Kessington Road and is popular with local families as well as the various groups that meet at Killermont Parish Church and the local Out of School Club.

The park contains two full sized football pitches, a large play area and a separate tarmac ball court