Sites and Monument Record: Dollar Park (SMR 1419)

On the west entrance pier A brass plaque reads: "BURGH OF FALKIRK/ DOLLAR PARK/ OPENED/ MAY 1922/ BY/ G. RUSSELL ESQ./ PROVOST".
A bronze bust of Sheila McKechnie OBE, a Scottish trade unionist, housing campaigner and consumer activist, born in Camelon in 1948. After working as a trade union official in the 1970s, during which she was active in the Women's Movement, she became director of the housing and homelessness charity Shelter in 1985. Upon her early death from cancer, the Sheila McKechnie Foundation was set up to support a new generation of campaigners.

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Site history notes
In the 1970s-80s there was a bronze sculpture of a boy riding a seahorse in the centre of the fountain/paddling pond. The was executed by the English sculptor, Alfred Hardiman RA (1891-1949), several of whose works are now in Scotland. A photograph exists of the sculpture in plaster, a child sitting on a seahorse on top of a column. It has on it a hand-written label saying 'bronze fountain to commemorate peace 1918, erected at S. Bantaskine, Falkirk.'
In 2012 a new bandstand and picnic area were constructed using cast iron pillars reclaimed from Grahamston Railway Station and lent for the purpose by the SRPS.
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