East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) has been awarded over £2.15 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the regeneration and conservation of Rouken Glen Park. The funding will be used to improve and restore many of the park's popular attractions and to deliver a range of activities in the park that will extend peoples' knowledge of the park's heritage through volunteering and learning opportunities. ERC will be augmented the award with £1million of its own funding.
Specific regeneration projects will include: improvements to the pavilion to create a park hub to host exhibitions and events; ecological enhancement of the boating pond; and restoration of the Glen path bridges. Other projects will include further access improvements, new signage, new lighting, power to the events area to host more and better events, restoration of the walled garden and a brand new play area.
Some of the funding will be spent on activities such as geology, history and archaeology projects and environmental projects. A volunteer programme will be expanded and extended to include other groups and organisations including schools. A new project officer and new ranger will be recruited to take forward the activities programme for the park.
The Friends of Rouken Glen group has worked in partnership with ERC to develop the regeneration project and will continue to work closely with the parks service on the future planning and management of the park.
"This is absolutely fabulous news for East Renfrewshire Council. This award will now allow us to forge ahead with the plans we have developed to improve the park and its facilities.”
"Rouken Glen Park is a major tourist attraction in East Renfrewshire and a jewel in our crown and thousands flock to events such as the annual running festival, Tartan Day and our family fun day. We are now in the fortunate position to be able to move forward with the proposals that have been developed and to enhance the events programme and improve promotion and marketing."
Councillor Vincent Waters, Environment Convener
"Come rain or shine parks are at the heart of communities and the backdrop to many of our lives. Looking after them takes hard work, dedication and significant financial support; exactly why Lottery funding is so important. These grants will help improve facilities, restore historic features and encourage more people to come and enjoy their local green space."
Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund
There is more information about Rouken Glen on the East Renfrewshire Council website.