New group hopes to give Kilsyth park a new lease of life

Bogside Park, Kilsyth
Bogside Park, Kilsyth

THE future of a forgotten Kilsyth park is looking up as a new community group has been formed in its name with the sole purpose of rejuvenating the area.

A quick flick through the archives of the Kilsyth Chronicle will tell you all you need to know about the stature Bogside Park, on Howe Road, once held within the town.

The lush grassland, below, was once the focal point for every outdoor community event, in much the same way as Burngreen Park is now.

Sadly, Bogside has since fallen from grace and is now often more associated with vandalism, drug dealing and under-age drinking.

However, tomorrow will mark a new chapter in the park’s history as the newly formed Friends of Bogside Park group will meet for the first time to elect office bearers.

Cheryl Anderson, who is the driving force behind the group, is looking forward to getting started.

The 26-year-old said: “We really want to make the park better for everybody around it who uses it. I’ve been speaking to Willie Chalmers and Jim Hutchison and they’ve both given me some information about the history of the