A £3.1m community park has now opened in Glasgow’s East End.
The ribbon was cut at the Dalmarnock Riverside Park, marking the fourth greenspace to be developed by the Clyde Gateway regeneration project.
It is hoped the park will provide a new popular destination for local residents after the opening by the Scottish Government’s minister for public finance, planning and community wealth Tom Arthur.
The MSP was joined by the Clyde Gateway board member Rosie Robertson.
Work started on the park in December 2021, transforming a previously vacant site into a multi-purpose green space.
It provides direct access from Dalmarnock to the Clyde Walkway with new footpaths, lighting, rain gardens, play area and landscaped areas.
The park is accessible via Solway Street near Carstairs Street and includes over 5000 square metres of shrubs and 45 trees have also been planted at Riverside Park.
The Clyde Gateway investment was in addition to the Scottish Government’s provision of £750,000 in funding for the project through the Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme, and £98,000 through its Nature Restoration Fund.
Work is also currently underway to regenerate another vacant 5.7 acre site at Old Dalmarnock Road.
Clyde Gateway was established in 2008 following news that Glasgow would host to 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The project has seen over £1.5 billion invested in the area from both the public and private sector.
Clyde Gateway board member Rosie Robertson said: “Everyone at Clyde Gateway is committed to reimagining once derelict and inaccessible sites into attractive new green spaces that the local community can really benefit from. This investment also helps to attract much needed new homes and job opportunities to the area.
“The park’s design opens up views of the River Clyde, maximising its proximity to the water. It’s really important to us that we support as many people as possible to access the park, one of the reasons why lighting has been installed throughout, making it brighter and safer. Riverside Park is another green investment that is making Clyde Gateway a popular choice to work, live and play.”
Tom Arthur MSP, said: “Clyde Gateway and the local community are to be congratulated for bringing this vacant site back into use and I am glad to be formally opening the park.
“This is the first project completed under the Scottish Government’s £50m low carbon Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme and is a good example of driving regeneration and innovation while improving biodiversity and tackling climate change as part of the wider transformation of our economy.
“Many thousands of people live within a 20 minute walk of the new park and others will experience it as they cycle, wheel or walk along the Clyde Walkway. Crucially, this new Riverside Park can help attract further investment needed to secure regeneration and transformation of the surrounding land.”