Aberdeen City Council and the Friends of Hazlehead group have teamed up with local school children to help transform the former avenue leading to Hazlehead Park into a 500-metre running track.

The project is one of the key priorities of the Friends group which is working closely with the council to revitalise parts of Hazlehead Park and the wider area.

The running track will be located on the former avenue leading to Hazlehead Park and will compliment other running routes in the park which the Friends group has already mapped out and plan to signpost in due course.

To prepare for the creation of the running track, pupils from Hazlewood, Airyhall, Fernielea and Hazlehead primary schools today [Wednesday 24 April] assisted council officers, councillors and the Friends of Hazlehead in a clean-up of the area, including the removal of litter, leaves and weeds.

To volunteer to help on Saturday the 27th, visit the Facebook page.

Councillor Neil Cooney, convener of Aberdeen City Council’s Housing and Environment Committee, said: “We have a close working relationship with the Friends of Hazlehead who, like the council, are keen to see the Hazlehead area continue to flourish for generations to come. 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 working closely with them as we press ahead with our joint vision for the area.

Myles Edwards of the Friends of Hazlehead added: “The potential for running routes in Hazlehead Park is almost endless with a variety of options.

Thanks to the teamwork and commitment shown by the Friends of Hazlehead and Aberdeen City Council and the hard work of school children, runners of all ages and ability will soon be able to try out a 500 metre tarmac straight.

In addition to this, there are options to do laps around the football pitches, jogs through the local streets or runs round the wooded areas, making Hazlehead an ideal location for anyone looking to keep fit and stay active.

These areas are not exclusive to runners, however, and we would encourage walkers, cyclists and horse riders to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings on offer at Hazlehead.

This press release and photographs reproduced with kind permission from Aberdeen City Council