City Park is/was a football ground located on Ferry Road in the north Edinburgh with a very rich history. Originally farmland and an orchard it was made into a football ground for amateur and youth matches.
Edinburgh City, a Scottish League club of the time moved into City Park in 1935 and built up banking around the pitch and constructed a Main Stand. The capacity was said to be around 30,000 at the time. The original City club eventually folded in 1955, with the ground resorting back to amateur and youth football.
In 1969 the works team Ferranti Thistle became the latest tenants at the council owned arena. However, in 1975 they were elected to the Scottish League as Meadowbank Thistle, as the League didn't allow trade names, and moved across town to Meadowbank Stadium. Spartans FC moved in to replace Thistle, attracting a couple of gates of over 3,000 for Scottish Cup clashes.
In 2004 the stand at City Park was demolished, while in a decaying state. Four years later Spartans moved out to their new Ainslee Park home as the Link Housing Association and Smart builders looked to build flats on the disused site.
|The original City Park stand|
image taken from the internet
Their website can be seen by clicking on: http://savecitypark.co.uk/
Tuesday 29th January 2013
After reading the situation regarding City Park online and realising its history and the chances that it could be swallowed up, I put it on my must do list while visiting several clubs on a day out in Edinburgh. I'd had a good walk between Meadowbank, Hibernian and Craigroyston before taking a bus a bit of the way along Ferry Road. A hundred yards over the other side of the road from City Park was the home of Stewart's Melville Former Pupils Rugby Club with its fine stand.
The iron gates to the park were locked but I could see along the side where the stand once stood, but was only replaced by portable buildings as a substitute. I walked round and managed to see through the wooden hoardings on Picton Drive looking down to the pitch from the top of the banking, which continued behind the goal. The railings around the overgrown but not unrepairable pitch remained.
City Park certainly looked a fine venue and oozed character, even in its dilapidated state. Reports said that the pitch very rarely flooded. It seemed such a shame that it was no longer in use and that the council seemed intent on allowing housing to replace it, especially when there were clubs playing in the city who could have really done with a compact specially designated football ground.