Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Grand Opening!

Today was the Grand Opening of the play area & community garden in Cuthill Park, combined with the Big Lunch, organised by the Prestongrange & Cuthill Tenants & Residents Group and the Friends of Cuthill Park. The weather was beautiful and the park was full of people from the local community. 

Willie Innes, the head of East Lothian Council, spoke of the journey the park has been on, from a neglected area to what we see today.

Stuart Pryde of East Lothian Council was also in attendance, and his contribution to the progress of the park over the past years was recognised. 
The ribbon, held by Veronica Davidson of PCTRG and Zoe Inglis of the Friends of Cuthill Park, was cut by Josh Taylor, our local Olympic Boxer, watched by Stuart Pryde & Willie Innes. 

Some of the people who have helped in the development of the various aspects of the park: 
Left to right - Stuart Pryde, ELC; Zoe Inglis, chair of FoCP; Veronica Davidson, PCTRG; Josh Taylor, who grew up playing in and around Cuthill Park; Cllr Willie Innes, ELC; and Elders Green & Hornberger of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), representing Elders & Sisters from the LDS church who have helped in the park on various projects over the past 3 years. Our grateful thanks go to all of our volunteers! 

Following the formal opening there were activities running the length & breadth of the park. 
Sack races and parachute games were organised by Martin Whitfield.

East Coast FM provided music, entertainment, & giant bears, and were invaluable in announcing events. 

The library ran their BookBug Rhymetime session in the park. 

More races, including Tattie Tossing & Welly Whanging followed, with prizes given out by Josh Taylor. 

A wonderful day of community celebration! Thank you to everyone who came, and especially to everyone who has given their time, talents and means over the years to help Cuthill Park to become what it is today.