This project was initiated following the Making it Real Exercise carried out in 2008 and 2009 which identified a number of issues with the Bellfield Park. These include a dilapidated skate park, a neglected woodland area, a lack of seating, play equipment which is not suitable for children of all ages, and a waterlogged path which makes up part of the Deeside Way.
The project is a joint initiative between Banchory Community Council and Banchory and District Initiative. The committee consists of a wide range of residents representing user groups from young skaters to pensioners and is chaired by Jean Henretty, BCC committee member and BDI trustee.
The committee will be meeting with the Council’s architects to discuss their ideas and will then bring back the proposals to the Community Council and to the Community. Depending on what specific items are agreed with the Council a Town Forum may be held.
Ideas include the provision of picnic tables and seating, relocation of the archery store, redevelopment of the skate park, possible formation of a community woodland area at the end of King George V Park, improvement of the car parking area and roads, replacement of trees in the middle of the park with something more natural to the surroundings, and the blocking off of the entranceway from the car park (currently being used as a roadway). Also being discussed are the possible draining of the paddock, maintenance of shelters, repair of the steps up the bank, opportunities for street art, expansion of play areas, thinning out of the woodland off Station Road and down past Fountain Lodge, footpath development, seating areas in the banking, and relocation of the bonfire site.
If you want to know more about this project contact Jean Henretty on firstname.lastname@example.org.