Previously featured on the LIS blog, Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games: Woodland Park Legacy , the Cuningar Loop is a £5.7 million Legacy 2014 project that is transforming 15 hectares of derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde into a woodland park. The park was being launched to the public with three ‘Come and Try’ events ahead of its grand opening in spring 2016. The new woodland at Cunigar Loop is one of 14 supported by Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow as a legacy from the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow in 2014. The 14 Commonwealth Woods in Glasgow link up with the 54 countries in the Commonwealth, through teaching and learning in Glasgow schools.
The new woodland park sits opposite to residential development, The Village, previously the Athlete’s Village at Glasgow 2014. 15,000 trees have been planted including native trees such as oak, silver birch and blossom, along with some more exotic trees. Landscape architects, Davies White have designed the adventure play area, which has a central feature with a range of smaller play items including a zip slide and den making area to create challenging play activities for children and young people.
Finished in spring 2016, the woodland park features an extensive path network, an Activity Zone with a bike skills area, bouldering park, adventure play and woodland workout. There is a boardwalk that runs along the River Clyde to connect with nature, picnic areas, a large meadow and outdoor classroom.
The next big piece of work to take place is the design and build of Cuningar footbridge. Clyde Gateway is working with Glasgow City Council to design and deliver the development of the 100 metre steel and timber footbridge which will connect the new woodland park to the new residential development, as well as Dalmarnock and Bridgeton communities.