Hermitage Park closed off for restoration work

Hermitage Park in Helensburgh has been closed to the public because of restoration work.

Argyll and Bute Council says the temporary move is because of an increase in works at the site in the ongoing £3.3m redevelopment.

The children’s play park will remain open with access from Victoria Road.

The council has agreed, in consultation with the landscaping contractor, that the short-term closure should take effect immediately to allow work on the park’s footpaths and structures to continue and ensure public safety.

It will be closed to the public ‘for as short a period as possible’ to allow these essential works to be completed., with an announcement when it re-opens.

Work started to date includes: demolition and removal of the old toilet block; completion of tree works; the restoration of memorial walls; the Japanese shelter and old pavilion are being prepared for demolition; consolidation work on the mill remains and work is well underway to replace the path network, install lighting and the new drainage system.

Pippa Mine, the council’s executive director of development and infrastructure services, said: “Hermitage Park will be a showcase public space when the regeneration is complete and we are really looking forward to seeing the results of everyone’s hard work.

“We have reached the point where the intensity of activity has increased and we have reluctantly taken the decision to close the park for a short period.

“The council, contractors and Friends of Hermitage Park will ensure the public are kept up to date with developments and everyone is thanked for their patience and co-operation.”

The regeneration of the park is set to cost £3.3m, with £2.3m being awarded by the Heritage Lottery, Parks for People fund. Other funders include Sustrans, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and the Friends of Hermitage Park. Argyll and Bute Council has contributed £280,000.