The Auld Gala Park - official opening 2nd September 2016
Here is the story in pictures of the making of our new community park. Due to a near fatal accident caused by underground mine workings, it was fenced off more than ten years ago and the land lay derelict. We have worked with Midlothian Council over the last five years and this area has now been transformed. Central Scotland Green Network gave a grant of £16,500, Councillor Cath Johnstone used £13,500 of her community money, we raised £2,000 for play equipment, Midlothian Council the major contributor - cost of Phase I - £110,000. Thank you to everyone who helped turn the dream into the reality. A Community Park for Gorebridge, right in the heart of the village! Gorebridge Cares' plans are as big as your imagination – a safe cycle/walk to school, which hopefully will be extended to link the new Beacon, the Church, Arniston Rangers Junior Football park; a play area for the little ones, an area for ball games, a place where the not so young can sit and have a blether and perhaps a game of draughts in the park. A beautiful place to sit and smell the flowers. [A little fruit forest for Cath as well!].
The new Play Area has been installed in 2018 and there are plans for a pump track at the other side. This is a park for the future, a green oasis that will be built upon for many generations to come. People need to grow in an environment that brings nature to their doorstep, it is good for your health and good for your soul :-)
The community gathers in support
This was the initial plan
Photo shoot in the rain - was worth it!
The top soil had to be taken off to lay the geogrid mesh
Geo-gridding mesh being laid
Aerial view of the park
Working on the new paths
The kids can now walk, cycle, scooter to school
Gorebridge Primary children helped plant fruit trees
Lots of questions from the kids
Big day 2nd September 2016
Anne Maher and Ellen Scott cut tape
Councillor Derek Rose and piper Alastair McNeill
Proud new name
Kids get some bags
Alastair - first piper in park for many years
Councillor Johnstone hands out the goodie bags
Welcome to our new park
The RUTs smoothie bike
Getting ready for the opening Entrance on morning
Three at a time!
Everyone has a go with the hoops
Some are better than others!
Wild meadow planting
The start of things to come.
The Gala phoenix rises from the ashes!
Exciting - Mrs Grant, opens Play Equipment August 2018
Mrs Grant now retired, on her Friendship Bench - 25 yrs as Head Teacher