Willie takes centre stage at Meedies’ hub

Former councillor Willie Clarke took centre stage on Friday to officially open the new Meedies’ hub at Lochore Meadows.

The golf pavilion and new visitor centre – named in his honour  –  are new additions to the park and a fitting tribute to Willie, who has long championed the site, transforming the pit bing into a Visitscotland four-star rated visitor attraction.

He said: “I see this as a new phase  and a new opportunity to develop Lochore Meadows and the facilities it offers.

“The Meedies has always had the potential to attract more people to visit and enjoy all that this area has to offer. We now have the opportunity to realise that potential.”

The new visitor centre has a café, educational rooms and display outlining the history of the park and was built along with the pavilion at a cost of £1.8m – a move supported by Labour councillors.

The golf and football pavilion was supported by funding from Sportscotland, Lochore Meadows Golf Club and Fife Golf Trust and a PGA professional has been employed to provide coaching services.

Football changing rooms – which meet Sportscotland standards and are used by Benarty Astros – are available for other park events.

Lesley Laird MP said: “The decision to replace the old visitor centre was controversial at the time but I have no doubt the decision to build new modern facilities was the right one.

“Lochore Meadows  deserves investment to bring it up to the standards visitors expect today and  it was only fitting that Willie’s name adorn the visitor centre; he’s been a passionate supporter of the park since day one.

“With new signposting placed at Lochore Castle detailing its history and the nearby Fife Cycle park due to open next month, Lochore Meadows is a fantastic visitor attraction and I’d urge people to go and explore all that the park has to offer.”