Community group Uddingston Pride have hit the lotto jackpot in their bid to carry out an upgrade of the village’s Crofthead Park.
The groups has been awarded a grant of £185,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to transform the dilapidated facility into a modern sports area.
The cash will allow the group to provide new age-appropriate and safe play equipment, adult gym equipment, paths, landscaping, planting and seating.
Secretary Sandy Robertson explained: “The project aims to provide improved facilities which will encourage more, healthy, outdoor play and also provide a pleasant place to take a walk, to socialise and to stage community events.
“The direct beneficiaries of this project will be the almost 700 children who attend two primary schools in the centre of Uddingston as well as children at local playgroups and older children.
“The park area is also next to a retirement home, and residents will benefit from a pleasant outdoor space as well as a place to stop off en route to the nearby shops.
“In addition, through a programme of community events such as planting days and galas, the area will provide a space for local people to come together and will, more generally, improve the environment of the town.”
The majority of the work will be undertaken by contractors, but much of the new planting will be done by community volunteers.
The group have thanked local councillors Ann Kegg, Maureen Devlin and Jim McGuigan, along with Michael Heald, Kenny Lean and Liz Dunlop of South Lanarkshire Council, for their ‘unstinting’ support.
Sandy added: “We are confident that the project will be a great success and are over the moon at the award. It’s great news - but now for the hard work to turn the plans into reality.”