Study for multi-use community space

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Councillors will be asked to permit SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) to carry out a feasibility study for a new multi-use community space at the former bowling green site in Dawson Park.

The Scottish mental health charity is applying to National Lottery’s ‘Awards for All’ Scotland Fund to support the feasibility study which will allow a fuller appraisal of the buildings and former bowling green.

This will also include the development of a phased project plan to inform SAMH further on their scope to consider managing this site and introduce additional mental health support activities at the location.

Neighbourhood Services Convener, Councillor Anne Rendall, said: “The proposals set out by SAMH are very promising for the area, and with their current work being carried out at Duntrune Community Garden it is encouraging to see their plans to expand further.

“The pandemic has seen a greater emphasis and wider interest in outdoor activities as well as a more general awareness of mental health and wellbeing. The addition of these facilities at this location would be put to good use and help to provide further mental health support to the community in the community.”

Assistant Director of Delivery and Development at SAMH, Alex Cumming, said: “SAMH has a long history within Dundee and Dawson Park, and so we are delighted to be given the opportunity by Dundee City Council to look into ways we can further support the local community’s mental health and wellbeing. The Bowling Green has a history of bringing enjoyment to many through physical activity and making social connections, SAMH want to continue that legacy.”

With support of Dundee City Council, SAMH currently runs Chrysalis within the city’s Dawson Park – a therapeutic horticulture service which works with people to support their recovery journey by developing self-resilience and employability skills.

Team Leader at Chrysalis, Sue Black, said: “The Bowling Green has serious potential to once again become a community space for all. It could allow us to support others with more gardening and growing sessions with families. We also want to work with partners and use the fantastic space to deliver environmental art, mindfulness, yoga and walking groups. This feasibility study will help us learn more about how the space could be transformed to best match local needs, and we can’t wait to take the next step in this exciting project." 

The feasibility study will be discussed at the next Neighbourhood Services Committee on Monday 27th September.

Upon completion of the feasibility study, SAMH would be required to formally request approval of the council to permit alternative use of the facility at a later date.

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