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£1 million improvement for Armadale park

Over £1 million is set to be invested to transform sporting and leisure facilities at Watson Park in Armadale.

09 February

The large-scale project involves the construction of a new stand-alone team sports changing facility in conjunction with Armadale Community Football Club, modernising Watson Memorial Bowling Club and improving the open space areas in the park.

Council Executive approved proposals to progress with the ambitious plans to boost sport and leisure facilities in Armadale. Watson Park is a key resource in Armadale, and this substantial investment will ensure it meets the needs of the community for many years to come.

Leader of the Council Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: "I'm delighted that proposals for investing over £1 million to revamp Watson Park are progressing well.

"This complex project involving consultation with a number of local organisations has taken some time to reach this stage, and we look forward to seeing developments take shape now.

"A separate project to re-site the war memorial to Watson Park in the next few years will further create a real focus for the Armadale community in the park.
"We hope the improvements will encourage the Armadale community to take a more active role in the management of Watson Park in the future." 

Development work is already underway for developing the new sports pavilion, and it is aimed to start work onsite by summer 2019. A programme of planned improvement work will be agreed with Watson Memorial Bowling Club which will include fabric, mechanical and electrical upgrades. The timing of this work will be phased to minimise disruption.

Park improvement work such as drainage works, path upgrades and refurbishing the existing enclosed ball court will take place to complement the other works taking place in the park. The current changing rooms and former depot building at the park will be assessed to see if it can be used for equipment storage in the future.

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