Wilton Lodge Park regeneration project
The £3.64million scheme is being funded by ourselves and the Heritage Lottery Fund. A number of infrastructure projects have already been taken forward.
Café, bridge and playpark
The bridge was lifted into place in February 2017, while the cafe is due to be completed by end of May 2017.
A tendering exercise to appoint an operator of the café is underway, with interest expressed from several parties through an open day and individual visits scheduled to the café site.
It is hoped the tendering exercise will be concluded as early as possible to allow the café to be fitted out at the same time as construction of the facility is concluded.
The play-park is now open. See an image at our Flickr page or take the virtual tour:
Waterfall walk, education area
The upgraded waterfall walk and education area adjacent to Hawick Museum have been completed providing a purpose built seating and demonstration space for the museum and outdoor events.
Our successful application to SUSTRANS for £100,000 to improve the surface of footways, lighting and signage, along with a further £20,000 from Smarter Choices, Smarter Placed fund to promote cycling, will further enhance Wilton Lodge Park.
Gilbert Davidson Fountain
The landscaping and refurbishment works are close to completion and the fountain is expected to be opened up in the coming weeks once the seeding is established.
The 3G pitch at Volunteer Park is now fully open. A planning application to create 36 extra parking spaces at Volunteer Park has been approved.
Expected regeneration project completion date
The majority of the new infrastructure will be completed by Easter 2017, one year ahead of the overall project completion date of April 2018.
Zandra Elliot Bandstand
The bandstand, named after former Hawick Provost Zandra Elliot who sadly passed away in 2014, was opened in April 2015. It has since hosted a number of concerts and performances as part of Wilton Lodge Park’s summer series of events.
The new walled garden opened its gates in August 2015 and will aim to be a centre of community horticulture and training, with volunteers having played a key role in its development.
A new park gallery in Hawick Museum opened in June 2015. It offers a complete transformation of the space, with a bright and contemporary gallery created with a wide variety of content for visitors to enjoy.
The creation of the new gallery has been supported by Museums Galleries Scotland.