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Local residents are invited to celebrate the official opening of a new improved park in North Lanarkshire. Plains Community Futures, along with the partner organisations that helped develop and deliver the project, will launch the new Stanrigg Park in Plains, North Lanarkshire, with an opening event on 12th October starting at 11am.

The park project, managed by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, has transformed a former sports pitch and includes a stone seating area, new areas of woodland and wetland habitat, greatly improved paths and a unique three metre high climbing boulder.

Generous funding support has made the park project possible, including a £90,643.56 grant award from FCC Communities Fund, £135,957 from LEADER, The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, and £52,000 from North Lanarkshire Council. 

George McCutcheon, chair of the Plains Community Futures group said: “This project will make such a difference to the village and give everyone a place they can enjoy. The support of all the organisations involved has been fantastic: the funding from FCC Communities Fund, LEADER and North Lanarkshire Council, and the work of Central Scotland Green Network Trust in pulling it all together.”

FCC Communities Fund, Grants Manager, Sophie Cade said: “We are delighted to have supported the redevelopment of Stanrigg Park; quality greenspaces are so important for all communities and, it’s fantastic to see a well-designed park now available in the village with something for everyone to enjoy.”

The launch event is free to attend, with stalls and a barbeque as well as the new park facilities to enjoy and celebrate the success of the project and all the hard work of Plains Community Futures, their partners and the local community and volunteers.