Hermitage Park to close temporarily due to planned increase in works

Published Date: 

5 May 2017 - 09:30

As part of the ongoing £3.3 million restoration and redevelopment of Helensburgh’s Hermitage Park a temporary closure of the park is required – due to the increase in onsite works.

The children’s play park will remain open with access being maintained from Victoria Road – which will be clearly signed.

Argyll and Bute Council has agreed, in consultation with the experienced landscaping contractor that the short-term closure should take effect immediately to allow work on the park’s footpaths and structures to continue and ensure public safety.

The park will be closed to the public for as short a period as possible to allow these essential works to be completed. The public will be informed when the park will re-open and the Friends of Hermitage Park will continue to provide regular updates on the works on social media.

Work started to date includes: demolition and removal of the old toilet block; completion of tree works; the restoration of memorial walls; the Japanese shelter and old pavilion are being prepared for demolition; consolidation work on the mill remains and work is well underway to replace the path network, install lighting and the new drainage system.

Pippa Mine, the council’s Executive Director of Development and Infrastructure Services, said:

“Hermitage Park will be a showcase public space when the regeneration is complete and we are really looking forward to seeing the results of everyone’s hard work.

“We have reached the point where the intensity of activity has increased and we have reluctantly taken the decision to close the park for a short period. The council, contractors and Friends of Hermitage Park will ensure the public are kept up to date with developments and everyone is thanked for their patience and co-operation.”

The regeneration of the park is set to cost £3.3 million with £2.3 million being awarded by the Heritage Lottery, Parks for People fund. Other funders include Sustrans, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and the Friends of Hermitage Park. Argyll and Bute Council has contributed £280,000.