About the Friends
The cumbersome title assumed by the Friends of King George V and Scotland Yard Parks reflects the fact that the official name of the park is the King George V Park, Eyre Place, whereas locally and unofficially it is known as Scotland Yard. The official name indicates that the western section of the park came into being in the early post war years as a King George V Memorial Playing Field, with the National Playing Fields Association (now Fields in Trust) as its guardian trustees. The local name points to the origins of the eastern section which is the site of the former Scotland Street Goods Yard.
A concerted community effort in the early 1980s led to a complete reconfiguration and regeneration programme being undertaken by the then City of Edinburgh District Council and a derelict space was transformed. However, subsequent years of neglect took their toll and by 2002 the park had become run down once again. At this point a group of concerned local residents formed the Friends, with the aim of working with the City of Edinburgh Council to improve the appearance of the park and the facilities it offered people of all ages.
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STV had a nice piece by historian Dan Gray recently on the fascinating story of St Bernard’s Football Club, winner of the Scottish Cup, whose ground was in our park. Here is the link to the 4 minute clip.
We braved the wild wind to raise the green flag together with Jen, our council park ranger and Ross from the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust, who delivered the new play facilities. See their write up
What a great turnout and great to meet so many people from the local community. we reckon 300 people of all ages joined us and the youth workers from community education led by Callum McLeod. This event celebrated the upgrading … Continue reading
Please join us between 2 and 4pm for Barbeque Parkour Demonstration Portable Football Pitch Circus Skills It’s a free event! You could also do the Inverleith Challenge before – It starts at Blackhall Library and ends in our park … Continue reading
Please join us on 4 August from 2 to 4 pm for the grand opening of the new play area! Full plans to be revealed soon. We will be joined by Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (who managed the project) … Continue reading
It is good to see the first flowers in the meadow. Some small white alyssum blooms are visible. Soon it should be a riot of colour’
We are delighted that the parkour classes in the park are going so well! See the poster below for details and this video on YouTube, some of which was shot in our park.
It’s pleasing to see continued improvements implemented by the council. New paint and a nice sign (painted by local artist Kathy Parker) to replace the old one the small children’s play area. And the wild flowers are starting to grow.
You may have noticed some work going on in the park last week. This was to fix the drainage where the path has completely flooded at times in the last few years. Many thanks to Jen and Ritchie at … Continue reading
The revamped play area has been in use for a couple of weeks now. We welcome any thoughts on it. There has already been some debate in the Spurtle