Published: 26/08/2012 08:00 - Updated: 24/08/2012 17:05

Pupils help open £620,000 first phase of Inshes District Park

Provost Alex Graham with Inshes Primary Pupils
Provost Alex Graham with Inshes Primary Pupils

PUPILS from Inshes Primary School have helped the new Provost of Inverness Alexander Graham unveil the £620,000 first phase of Inshes District park.

Work began on the new park in autumn, and since then 700 metres of primary paths and 680 metres of secondary paths have been built, landscaping works completed, and 7,350 shrubs and 640 trees planted.

The pupils were there as Phase One, which covers 8.3 hectares and is located next to their school between Sir Walter Scott Drive and Stevenson Road, was officially opened.

When all three phases of the work are completed, the park will cover 29 hectares.

With the help of Inverness South Community Council, councillors have set up the Inshes Community Association to help develop the aprk in the long term.

Funding for the work came from contributions made by developers of housing in the area and the Landfill Communities Fund.

Councillor Thomas Prag, chairman of the council’s planning environmental and development committee, said: "Inverness is already the natural place to be for people and wildlife, with green, clean and open spaces. This exciting project will provide green space in the city that is accessible to local people at the heart of local communities. This District Park is an important city-wide project – local residents will be the first to appreciate it, but it’s going to be a welcome addition for all of Inverness.”

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