Please join us between 2 and 4 pm on Monday 25 July. Calum from Community Education is running Family Fun in the Park, as he has for the past two years. It is a free event with lots of great activities and we are providing a free barbecue. Hope to see you then!
Also a few people have been asking about helping with a bit of gardening in the park. If you are interested too then please come and hear our plans with wildflower meadows and other wildlife friendly developments. We will also have the RSPB visiting. We’re always keen to hear from you.
A former railway tunnel will be given a new lease of life this September, becoming home to an open air public art exhibition of work by local Edinburgh residents. From 24th September, a month long outdoor photography exhibition will open in Rodney St tunnel, Canonmills. “Hold Me Dear: Four Cities, [Extra]ordinary Places” offers a chance for local people to share their treasured places in the city through an open call to submit photographs and stories behind the places that have personal meaning to them. Selected images will be printed for the tunnel exhibition, giving the chance for anyone to become an artist. The exhibition provides a unique and exciting opportunity for people to share the places that matter most to them, building up a very personal insight into a residents’ view of their Edinburgh the places that actually matter personally to local people beyond the usual tourist landmarks.
The exhibition opens Thursday 24th September and will be open 24 hours a day for one month. The launch event on Sunday 27th September at 12noon will take place where the Rodney St tunnel emerges into King George V Park, inviting people from the local neighbourhood, broader Edinburgh city and international guests to bring a picnic and come together for a series of speeches, live music, bike workshops, live mural painting and cycle tours.
The exhibition was initiated by Edinburgh based codesign studio HERE + NOW a small team of landscape architects, designers and photographers who specialise in engaging people in their local places. The exhibition is designed to be open call, inviting anyone living in the city to take part from children and schools to artists and local residents. It recognises that everyone’s story is important and that they should have a say in what their local places mean to them.
HERE+NOW’s first engagement with the Rodney Street tunnel began back in April through an engagement project with the local community. The tunnel became the venue for their first ‘PEP Talk’ a community place-making event, engaging with local people to give a voice to aspirations for the local area. The ‘community brief’ that resulted from this ‘PEP Talk’ was to turn the Rodney St tunnel into a creative destination as a community focused improvement to this walking and cycling route. Through the September exhibition HERE + NOW will deliver on this brief, creating exhibition boards for reuse by the community for future creative exhibitions and long-lasting impact in the neighbourhood.
HERE+NOW have been working with the exhibition’s Main Sponsor Sustrans as well as other Supporting Partners including the local community group ‘Friends Of King George V Park and Scotland Yard Parks’, the City of Edinburgh Council and Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership to deliver this event.
St Bernard’s Pitch Post WW1
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
We are very pleased that the park was awarded a Green Flag this year. Here is a photo of the flagpole!
You can vote for us as your favourite Green Flag park if you want before 30 September.
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 of the play park in the tunnel area which Edinburgh and Lothian Greenspace Trust undertook last year on behalf of the City Council with funding from Biffa.
John Hedge inspired with his demonstration of Parkour skills, circus skills were tried by people young and old and prizes were handed out to the teams who completed the quest
An excellent barbeque was served by Lesley, Jacqui and Maggie and we appreciate the contribution kindly provided by Tesco.
Thank you to all who helped to make this event a success.
Please join us between 2 and 4pm for
Portable Football Pitch
It’s a free event!
You could also do the Inverleith Challenge before – It starts at Blackhall Library and ends in our park at about 2pm..
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) and Calum from Community Education.
Open to all – we hope you can join us!
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.