£2million park boost
Balloch Country Park was set to benefit from a £2million improvement programme, 20 years ago.
The popular park, which played host to Oasis the year earlier, was the subject of an ambitious bid for funding to the Urban Park’s Lottery Fund.
Members ofWest Dunbartonshire Council’s environmental protection and leisure services committee gave the bid the green light after recommending that a total of £186,000 of capital funding be earmarked for the initiative over the next three years.
Covenor Mary Campbell said:“Balloch Castle Country Park attracts thousands of visitors every year and is enjoyed by many local people.
“If Loch Lomond becomes the site of Scotland’s first national park, Balloch will be part of that.
“In addition, the £60m tourism project at Drumkinnon Bay is planned just around the corner of the loch.”
The programme of works included in the £2m plan included improvements to the grounds, paths and roads, improved signage and access work to prevent erosion of the shore and the provision of new visitor facilities like toilets.