Proposals to create a “community park” in the grounds of the former Douglas Primary School are set to take a step forward.
City councillors are to be asked next week to agree to the council joining forces with a local group to help make the park plan a reality.
In a report to the neighbourhood services committee, Elaine Zwirlein, director of neighbourhood services, has recommended that an application by Douglas Community Spaces Group should be approved.
Her report states: “It is recommended that approval is given for Dundee City Council to enter into a partnership agreement with Douglas Community Spaces Group (DCSG).
“DCSG was established to develop and deliver a community park to provide a new landscaped space for the whole community to come together, grow, play, exercise and relax.
“The community’s long-term hope is that the success of the park will instigate a process of improvement of further green spaces throughout Douglas by raising the aspiration, knowledge, skills, support and resources of local people.
“Neighbourhood services’ landscape design team has been working with DCSG to develop proposals and has, on its behalf, submitted a stage one application for the development of the former Douglas Primary School ground to create Douglas Community Park.”
The report said the site was an appropriate place for the park, having been used for community gala days for many years and being centrally located next to Douglas Community Centre.
Further development work, supported by the Big Lottery and the council, would result in the next stage application being submitted on behalf of DCSG, it added.
Margaret Hogg, chairwoman of Douglas Community Centre local management group, said the latest development was a welcome step for residents.
She added: “This is definitely good news. When complete, the park will be a very welcome resource in Douglas.
“It will be a brilliant area of green space where people can go and sit out and take part in other activities.”