Members of the City of Dunfermline Area Committee were given an update on exciting plans for the potential regeneration of Pittencrieff Park at their meeting yesterday.
Proposals for a £1.4 million project have already been successful at a first round of Heritage Lottery Fund bidding and a more detailed plan will now be submitted for consideration.
If successful, a range of work would be carried out over three years including a new picnic and barbecue area at the site of the old animal centre and a full refurbishment for the glasshouse.
The Glen’s well-known locomotive would be refurbished and the park would also benefit from improved seating, lighting and signage.
Separate proposals are also being developed to reinstate the Palace Walkway (which has been closed for a number of years) and to make improvements to the Glen Pavilion and Pittencrieff House.
Speaking of the proposal, Councillor Joe Rosiejak, Chair of the City of Dunfermline Area Committee said: “Pittencrieff Park is one of Fife’s most important greenspaces and I’m delighted to see that such an ambitious plan for the park has been developed. The Friends of Pittencrieff Park have been very involved in the development phase of this project and twenty-seven individual projects now make up the overall bid which would see the park truly transformed for many future generations to enjoy.
“Pittencrieff Park is an important and popular park, with cultural significance, but over the years, with cuts to budgets and resources, it has declined and would benefit greatly from these improvements. The Park is a very distinctive landscape in the heart of Dunfermline and Fife Council is committed to ensuring that it continues to be regarded as one of Scotland’s premier public parks.”
The plans will be submitted next month and the outcome of the second round of bidding should be known by this summer.