Lottery fund joy for Dumfries and Galloway projects

Almost £500,000 of Lottery funding has been awarded this week to two Dumfries and Galloway organisations.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will receive £384,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to redevelop Glentrool Park in Lochside.

And Wigtownshire Women’s Aid is to get £84,288 to continue its refuge service.

The council has been working with local partners over the last four years developing and shaping the plans for Glentrool Park with the community through the National Lottery funded Our Place programme.

Information events, surveys and planning meetings have brought them to the stage of redevelopment of play and recreational facilities in the park including pump track, new play area, MUGA, nature garden and improved paths.

Several community and youth work sessions will also be held in the park each year thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund grant.

Dean Goddard, Glentrool Park Steering Group chairman said: “This is fantastic news. The community steering group has been working so hard over the last few years, and all our hard work has been realised.  We are so pleased that our community will benefit from a pump track, new play area, MUGA, nature garden and improved paths.”

Councillor Andy Ferguson, Communities Committee Chair said it was super news for Lochside and North West Dumfries.

Earlier this year the National Lottery Community Fund also awarded £375,000 for Popeye’s Park in Lincluden.

“I can’t thank enough the hard work of the local community who have worked tirelessly on community engagement, planning and design over the last four years,” Mr Ferguson said.

Wigtownshire Women’s Aid will use their funding to continue providing evening and weekend refuge support to women affected by domestic abuse in the that area. Over two years, the project will support about 80 people.