The Friends of MacRosty Park Group was formed in November 2003 following many complaints about the poor state of the famous Park. A Steering Committee worked with officers of the Environment Services of Perth & Kinross Council to resolve as many problems as possible and formulate a long term regeneration plan. As the potential costs were huge, the decision was made to apply to Heritage Lottery Fund for funding.
A consultant was appointed to prepare plans for the application and following public consultation, the plan was submitted in 2006. Heritage Lottery Fund advised that a new application be submitted to under their "Parks for People Programme". This two stage competitive application required much more work and meant a further delay to any major work in MacRosty Park. However, as a large sum was required it was decided to go ahead. The Friends assisted by carrying out surveys of park users, collecting letters of support from residents, local schools and community groups and researching the history of the park(s).
To assist the application, in July 2006, we held a "Family Fun Day" to celebrate the Centenary of the Bandstand. The event was funded by the Environment Services Department of Perth & Kinross Council and was well attended, demonstrating the support of the public for events in MacRosty Park. Our second jointly organised event - the first "Picnic in the Park" was held in July 2007.
In September 2007, we were informed by the Heritage Lottery Fund that MacRosty Park had won through Stage 1 of the application and to proceed with Stage 2. This involved many more detailed plans and further consultations with potential users. The Friends assisted the officers in the Environment Services with the work and the Stage 2 Application was submitted in October 2008. After a long, anxious wait, in April 2009, we were overjoyed to hear that MacRosty Park had been awarded £1,160,000.00 towards the £1,850,000.00 required to carry out the works. Perth & Kinross Council contributed £400,600.00 and additional funding was secured from other funding bodies namely - The Gannochy Trust, The Souter Charitable Trust, Friends of MacRosty Park, Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust, Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust, SITA Tayside Biodiversity Fund, The Rotary Club of Crieff and the Ancaster Trust.
Many individuals have sponsored seats, trees and plants.
Friends of MacRosty Park is a registered charity - SC035454