Pupils from Castleview Primary School put their imaginations to the test to help design a park at the heart of the new residential area in Craigmillar.
Plans for the community park have been submitted to the council and if approved, work to transform the scrub land in the centre of the new Greendykes housing development could begin this autumn.
Designs for the £350,000 park, which will cover an area approximately the size of half a football pitch, were pitched to landscape architects HERE+NOW by a group of 47 P5 pupils as well as feedback from community engagement sessions.
The plans, which have been lodged with the city council, include imaginative ideas proposed by the children with slides in every shape and size, hills and mounds and a space for local events such as outdoor cinema.
The park is part of proposals to regenerate the area, undertaken by EDI Group, an arms-length development company linked to the city council, and aims to enhance residential areas south of Niddrie Mains Road and 65m off Greendykes Road.
The design has been planned to create a mix of areas including an orchard, a birch woodland which will surround the park and the relocation of oak trees from a Fountainbridge development site.
Over half an acre of the green space will be covered in a colourful play surface for children aged 2-12 and will help reinforce the park’s boundaries.
Stainless steel slides built into slopes will overlook an area for younger children, where parents can sit on sandstone filled benches and watch their children play.
The stone benches, which will run along the edge of the park, will also act as a “ball-stop” from wayward ball games.
HERE+NOW landscape architect, Liz Thomas, said: “Before we even put pen to paper, we asked school children, community groups and local residents to share their ideas for a park which will be at the heart of this new community.
“By adopting a co-design approach, the users of the space can ultimately help us envision a design that has local meaning to the area and be embraced by the community.”
The regeneration of Craigmillar, led by EDI’s subsidiary Parc Craigmillar Ltd, this year marks ten years onsite with the completion of a new retail centre housing Lidl and Home Bargains. Barratt Homes has also invested in the area with 150 new homes now under construction to the east of the park.