MSP hears about past glo­ries and fu­ture plans

Mar­garet Mitchell briefed by Friends of Park

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Ste­fanie Mccourt

Friends of Stone­house Park wel­comed a visit from Cen­tral Scot­land MSP Mar­garet

Mitchell re­cently.

Mrs Mitchell learnt that the park was once a pop­u­lar and busy open space, hous­ing a Cat­e­gory B listed band­stand, a boating pond, and Scot­land’s long­est chute.

While the chute has been re­designed and the boating pond re­moved in favour of a chil­dren’s play area, the 100-year-old band­stand still takes pride of place in the cen­tre of the park.

Where the park was pre­vi­ously fall­ing into dis­re­pair, the group have been work­ing hard to ren­o­vate the band­stand and the rest of the park to help make it the beat­ing heart of the com­mu­nity.

Mrs Mitchell met with FOSP’S David Wil­son and Karen Kelly, who told her about the amaz­ing progress on the main­te­nance and restora­tion of the park since 2015.

With grand plans in place, a fea­si­bil­ity study and sup­port from var­i­ous sources in­clud­ing South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, FOSP hope to be able to re­de­velop the main pav­il­ion and band­stand, all the way down to the River Avon which runs along the park’s north­ern perime­ter.

In the mean­time, the park now hosts reg­u­lar events for all ages. These in­clude the up­com­ing Hal­loween party.

Mrs Mitchell, said: “There is some­thing re­ally spe­cial about Alexan­der Hamil­ton Me­mo­rial Park and it would have been such a shame for it to have fallen into ne­glect.

“So I heartily con­grat­u­late David, Karen, and all of the Friends of Stone­house Park, on their amaz­ing ef­forts.

“David and Karen’s en­thu­si­asm is in­fec­tious and not only does the park now look fan­tas­tic but there is clearly much more to come.

“Fur­ther­more there is ter­rific po­ten­tial for the park and with its large open spa­ces it could eas­ily ac­com­mo­date new sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties or even al­lot­ments.

“Few parks hold the charm and his­tory of Stone­house Park and I re­ally look for­ward to see­ing the pav­il­ion, and band­stand in par­tic­u­lar, ren­o­vated to ac­tive com­mu­nity hubs.”

Pic­tured be­low is Mar­garet Mitchell MSP (cen­tre) with FOSP’S Karen Kelly and David Wil­son.

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