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The Friends of Montgomery Street Park is a group of local people dedicated to transforming Montgomery Street Park into a vibrant and well used community space. We have a committee to run the group. Committee members are elected each year and voluntarily commit their time and talent for an initial one year period.

We have hundreds of ordinary members, some of whom get involved with one-off events or specific aspects of the park project. These members are very supportive and dependable and have made vital contributions to our successes so far. We also have members who just like to be kept informed of our progress.

Also crucial to the group are our local business members - particularly Rankin Fraser whose enthusiasm and support has been constant.

Whatever their level of involvement all our members are vital to the success of the project and all have contributed to the group’s achievements so far. Considering the group has existed for such a short time, these achievements are impressive.

General meetings for the upcoming year will be held on the following dates, and all are welcome. Anyone interested in attending a meeting should get in touch using the contact form closer to the date for specific time and venue information.


Dates for 2016-2017

Tuesday 30th August 2016 8pm Quarterly meeting

Sunday 30th October 2016 6pm-7pm Hallowe'en event in the park

Wednesday 30th November 2016 8pm Quarterly meeting

Wednesday 1st March 2017 8pm Quarterly meeting

Wed 7th June 2017 8pm AGM (venue to be confirmed)


The Committee

Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin
Chair

Chris is a landscape architect. He lives near Montgomery Street Park and his firm Rankin Fraser Landscape Architects is based in Montgomery Street.

"I have both a personal and professional interest in Montgomery Street Park. As a local resident with a young daughter the park should be a place where we go to play and relax. As a landscape architect the park presents a remarkable design opportunity to reinvigorate an important urban space for the benefit of the whole neighbourhood"

James Salomons
Treasurer

James currently works as a fundraiser at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

"The idea that I could help simply by applying what I've learnt in my professional life was genuinely uplifting.  It felt like the right thing to do - working together to create change on a local level.  I love what the committee have achieved so far and want to do my bit by helping raise money for community led improvements."

 

Elaine Farrow
Secretary

Elaine is a local resident. Her children went to Leith Walk Primary and have now moved on to Drummond Community High School.

I love living near the park. It's where my children learned to ride their bikes. When we first moved to the area (back in the nineties), the grassy area was a disused bowling green. The transformation over the years has been amazing, and it just keeps getting better!”

   

 

 

Who We Work With Edinburgh Council Logo

The City of Edinburgh Council owns Montgomery Street Park and so we have to consult them about any changes we wish to make. The Parks and Greenspaces Department and the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership have been very supportive within the constraints of their budgets. The Friends of Montgomery Street Park tries to make politicians aware of the importance of the park to our community so that we can push the park up the political agenda and have more money allocated to its improvement. If you are interested in improving the park you could write to your local councillor and express your concern either as a member of the group or as a concerned constituent.

Contact Us

Please complete the enquiry form on the Contact Us page with any queries you may have. We will respond as soon as possible, however please do bear in mind this organisation is run entirely by volunteers in their spare time.

You can also contact us by dropping a note into Eero & Riley or Manna House on Easter Road or Cafe Renroc on Montgomery Street.

Projects & Events

  • Hallowe'en Party 2016

    IMPORTANT: YOU MUST USE BATTERY-OPERATED TEA LIGHTS AND NOT CANDLES INSIDE LANTERNS! Hallowe'en Party Free Family Event Bring along your best…
  • Halloween Party 2015

    IMPORTANT: PLEASE USE BATTERY-OPERATED TEA LIGHTS AND NOT NAKED FLAMES INSIDE LANTERNS Halloween at Montgomery Street Park Free Family…
  • Summer Fair 23rd May 2015

    Summer Fair 23rd May 2015, 12pm-4pm. Bouncy castle, fire engine, face painting, local food stalls, music, performance tent, basketball coaching,…
  • Spring Clean-Up

    Come and join us on Sunday 22nd March 2015 from 10am to give the park a spring clean! Litter-picking equipment and bin bags will be provided.