Extra lighting for Edinburgh’s public parks

EXTRA lighting in Edinburgh’s public parks is to be installed, following a decision to up the budget form the local authority to £500,000.

The increase is in response to concerns received by the local authority about personal safety when the parks are dark.

Says a city council announcement, here: “A prioritisation framework has been developed to identify where lighting improvements could benefit the city’s parks and open spaces for further assessment. The ranking comprises 58 sites across the city with Hailes Quarry Park [pictured]  considered first for developing a detailed lighting design.”

The council brought forward £100k budget from last year’s allocation and the council’s Culture and Communities committee agreed to top it up by a further £400k this year. 

The first ten parks to benefit from the decision are as follows:

  • Hailes Quarry Park (Sighthill/Gorgie);
  • Gyle Park (Drum Brae/Gyle);
  • Hunter’s Hall Park (Portobello/Craigmillar);
  • Ferniehill Community Park (Liberton/Gilmerton);
  • Roseburn Park (Corstorphine/Murrayfield);
  • Calton Hill (city centre);
  • Princes Street Gardens (city centre);
  • Harrison Park (Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart);
  • Leith Links (Leith); and
  • Pilrig Park (Leith Walk).

Continues the announcement: “Following [the] approval, work will commence on the design of the first scheme for Hailes Quarry Park. Each lighting project in turn will include public engagement in the design process.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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