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Friends of Hazlehead group to map out plans for future at open evening
A newly-formed group which aims to support, protect and improve the Hazlehead area of Aberdeen will hold an open evening on Tuesday [26 February].
Friends of Hazlehead was established by local residents and business leaders who are keen to help shape the future of Hazlehead Park and the wider community.
They will work closely with Aberdeen City Council to breathe new life into the popular attraction, which is bidding to become Scotland's first Climate Change Park.
The open evening will be held at Hazlehead Primary School between 7pm and 9pm and will feature information stands and presentations about key projects.
Representatives from Aberdeen City Council, Friends of Hazlehead, Sport Aberdeen and Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be details about the ongoing refurbishment of the Hazlehead Park restaurant and the Climate Change Park bid.
Friends of Hazlehead Committee Member Myles Edwards said: "Hazlehead Park is the jewel in Aberdeen's crown and the Friends group has exciting plans for the rejuvenation of this wonderful green space.
"The Friends of Hazlehead look forward to working extremely closely with Aberdeen City Council so we can fulfil our joint vision to see Hazlehead Park's full potential realised."
Aberdeen City Council Environmental Manager Steven Shaw added: "We are delighted to be working so closely with the Friends of Hazlehead group and like them are keen to see the Hazlehead area continue to flourish. There are a lot of exciting projects on the horizon in Hazlehead, particularly in the park, not least the refurbishment of the restaurant, our bid to become Scotland's first Climate Change Park and improvement work in the Piper Alpha memorial garden.
"Hazlehead is a beautiful corner of Aberdeen and the park a fantastic facility, attracting thousands of visitors through its gates every year. The Friends group has been very proactive so far, which is great to see, and the council looks forward to forming a close working relationship with them as we press ahead with our plans."
The 440-acre Hazlehead Park is located on the edge of Aberdeen and is popular with sports enthusiasts, walkers, naturalists and picnickers.
Around the park are football pitches, a golf course, pitch and putt course and woods for walking.
The park itself has rose gardens, azalea and rhododendron borders, heather beds, a children's play area and the popular Pet's Corner.
The park also features a significant collection of sculpture by a range of artists and heritage items which have been rescued from various places across the city.