West Pilton Park

West Pilton Park

Ongoing community engagement work in West Pilton Park has involved events and activities for a range of groups in the local area, in addition to other ELGT programmes that use the park

West Pilton Park in Edinburgh is benefiting from £115,000 of investment which will encourage local people to get active in the park. A £25,000 capital grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust through the Active Spaces programme delivered in partnership with Fields in Trust was awarded to Edinburgh City Council for the creation of an outdoor gym. This will provide a focus for physical activity in the park and enable groups to meet for exercise in their own time and at no cost. The project also involved a new junior play park that was funded by the City of Edinburgh Council. The project has been supported by ELGT to enable communities to re-connect with their local green spaces.

After a community consultation it was agreed that the new outdoor gym should be added and that a new junior and toddler play park area should be created.

The new outdoor gym space was previously part of the designated toddler space, is now merging with the designated junior area and is also being significantly enhanced. 84% of respondents were in agreement with the new development and these local residents chose the the final design from a choice of three.

The new play equipment includes: New Sandplay Unit, swing with basket seat and two flatseats, swing with 2 cradle seats and 2 inclusive seats, a Piketo unit (climbing frame, climbing mesh and slide), inclusive roundabout and picnic table. The outdoor gym includes: Chest Press, Leg Spin, Spin Bike, Treadmill.

It was officially opened by Cllr Susan Rae with help from the funders and local community. The development of the new facilities has been welcomed by the local community and will offer residents the opportunity to get fit whilst they enjoy the great outdoors.

Local families and primary school pupils have also enjoyed a number of organised events that have encouraged use of the park and developed links with their greenspace.

ELGT staff have run a number of community events which have included bat walks, circus skills workshop, litter clearance & surveys, bulb planting and woodland activities.

The local residents are delighted with the improvements to West Pilton Park that ELGT have enabled. The newly upgraded play park and outdoor gym are so much more interesting, with lots of exciting new equipment to try out and enjoy. The new surfaces underfoot are reassuring for people, who also like the new seating facilities within the enclosure. A separate space for the smallest/ youngest children is much appreciated. Thank you Edinburgh & Lothian Greenspace Trust for delivering it.”

Funded by: Fields In Trust, City of Edinburgh Council, Mushroom Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage,

Outputs:

  • New outdoor gym
  • New junior play park
  • 30 new standard trees
  • Over 300 people have benefited from the programme of events
  • 1 bat walk
  • 2 family events
  • 9 primary school sessions

Outcomes:

  • Increased community engagement
  • Development of skills for the local young people to ensure sustained maintenance of the area
  • Encourage use of the local park
  • Improved biodiversity of West Pilton Park
  • Fun in the park