We have continued to make lots of improvements to Lochore Meadows over the last few months. You might recall that we took over the management of Lochore Meadows from Fife Council in June as part of a two year pilot.
As well as completing the painting, we have now refurbished both the ladies and gents toilets in the main corridor. As the winter nights drew in, we also installed new lighting on the outside of the park centre. We hope that people feel that these changes have improved the centre for everyone.
Work has continued to convert some space within the building into a shop which will sell a range of items throughout the year.
We have also designed and ordered new signage for the two entrances to the park, the main park centre and the shop front. These will be delivered and installed early in the new year. The park’s estates team are also able to get around the park more quickly and easily as we have purchased a small electric vehicle. This allows them to get to more remote areas where their normal vans were not able to get to.
Another electric vehicle has also been obtained. This is a larger 8 seater vehicle that we will use to help members of the public get around the park.
In October, we held a family fun gala weekend in the park. We were delighted with the amount of people who came along and we hope that everyone had a great time. Activities included segways, tours of the park, Kingdom FM were there on the Saturday and we also welcomed the Fife Farmers market along. There were all sorts of other great activities for young and old. Thanks to all of the staff who helped to organise and run this great weekend of activities which allowed us to really showcase the park. We hope to run more events like this in 2015 so look out for announcements on future event dates on our website and on social media (there are links at the bottom of this newsletter).
Early December saw the inaugural Canicross Event at the Park – Canicross is an activity where people run with their dogs. We had around 100 people and their canine friends at the event which was great fun and we hope that we will be able to make this a regular event in the calendar.
Santa also paid a visit to the park in December with a grotto created in the park centre in December. We hope all the children and families who attended enjoyed meeting with Santa! He told us that he had a great time meeting everyone and hopes to come back again next year.
Very soon, we will embark on a feasibility study to look at options for the park centre. We will work with Fife based Arc-Architects to examine whether the existing park centre should be refurbished or whether a replacement centre should be built. We hope to have the final proposal completed by the end of March 2015.
Fife Council and FCCT are working on plans to create new opportunities for schoolchildren to learn how to fish at the park. We will publish more details when we have them.
We hope that the new website will be live in the New Year as well so keep looking for more news as it happens.
We really hope that people are as pleased as we are with the improvements and will enjoy seeing some of the new plans developing in 2015. If you haven’t been to the park recently, why not drop in and explore it for yourself? We hope you have fun and come back again and again.