Halfway Community Park Development
Work has begun to improve the greenspace around MossHeights & Berryknowes Avenue.
A community in Cardonald is celebrating the start of works to create the Halfway Community Park. The project is being led by Southside Housing Association, with support from a range of funders to deliver the £2.2m project.
The Park which sits to the south of the Moss Heights flats will transform the area by introducing;
- a toddler play area,
- community and games zone,
- natural and adventure play area,
- additional trees and shrubs,
- improved pedestrian access through the site,
- and the creation of ‘homezones’ to allow local children to play safely and away from vehicles.
Please note the Construction phase of this project will run from March 2019 until September 2019 and during that time some areas of the park will be closed for improvements. Please refer to the temporary signs in and around the park
for any diversions or closures. We thank you for your patience while the work is underway.
At a celebratory event to mark the start of the project Margaret McIntyre, Chairperson of Southside Housing Association said, “We’re delighted to finally secure the funds to transform this part of the neighbourhood and we look forward to the seeing many families both now and in the future benefiting from this fantastic new resource”.
Southside Housing Association have invested £500,000 in the project, however significant work has gone into working with other partners and funders to secure the full funding package. The project is part of a major new £37.5 million Scottish programme of projects to improve the urban environment of larger towns and cities. The Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention led by Scottish Natural Heritage and part funded through the European Regional Development Fund has contributed £893,000 towards the project.
Iain Rennick, Head of the Green Infrastructure Fund for SNH, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Southside Housing Association to deliver this project and all the benefits it will bring to the Cardonald community. It is well recognised that improving greenspace in urban areas, not only brings environmental benefits, but also health, economic and social benefits too. We have a tremendous opportunity through the ERDF funding available to us over the next few years for this project, and other projects around Scotland, to further demonstrate this.”
Glasgow City Council has also been a key partner contributing £673,200. Councillor Kenny McLean, Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm said; “Halfway Community Park is testament to the power of partnership working that will see an underused area of urban greenspace completely transformed and thoughtfully repurposed for the benefit of local people.
“As part of the Glasgow City Deal funded Surface Water Management Plan for Hillington and Cardonald; integrating drainage interventions with work to enhance the landscape in this way will reduce flood risk and open up new possibilities for further regeneration in the area.”
Councillor Alex Wilson said; “I’m absolutely delighted that work has now started to create this valuable community asset for the people of Cardonald. I know how hard all those involved have worked to progress these plans that will deliver a multitude of environmental and social benefits for local people.
WREN a not for profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund have contributed £100,000 towards the natural and adventure play project within the Park. ENV2 Funds of £34,000 (contractor contributions held by Glasgow City Council) have also contributed towards play equipment. Avondale Environmental, part of the NPL Group, through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund have contributed £20,000 towards the creation of the Moss Heights Avenue toddler play project within the Park. The Glasgow Tree Lovers’ Society have made a valuable contribution of £2,500 towards the planting of around 100 trees across the site.
Local resident and Chairperson of the Friends of the Halfway Community Park Alison Devlin said “This money will help the area as there’s nothing for the kids to do. When all the changes are made it will be a nicer place for all the kids to play and hopefully we’ll see more of the community out and about getting involved”.
Halfway is a neighbourhood in Cardonald with over 500 households. It is bordered on the north by Craigton Cemetery and on the south by Paisley Road West; Berryknowes Road forms the western boundary. The majority of the homes are owned and managed by Southside Housing Association and many are low income households. The neighbourhood includes 220 three bedroomed family homes at Moss Heights Avenue and has a large concentration of young children. Over the past 5 years the Association has spent almost £20mn improving the properties. This work has included major works to insulate the homes, new kitchens, bathrooms, heating systems and improved security.
- Train links: Cardonald & Mosspark
- Bus Links: Various (from Paisley Road West)