We went east today, to see and have a wander around Cuningar Loop, a new Forestry Commission park over in Rutherglen. It’s now officially open (since spring 2016).
The project is a Commonwealth Wood, part of the 2014 games legacy. It is a £5.7 million legacy project which has transformed 15 hectares of derelict, unused land into a shiny new park and attractive community greenspace. 15,000 trees have been/are being planted and they are also creating a wild flower meadow which sounds quite exciting.
Even though it’s not finished yet, the park has quite a few different bits to see and explore. There’s a bike pump track which had quite a few kids scooting around on their bikes and scooters. It looked pretty fun, going over the humps and bumps!
Cuningar Loop is home to Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park. My husband loves a climb, and had to have a go. His verdict was that some of them are pretty tall – they are not for the faint hearted! The bouldering park is pretty big and was a lot busier than I expected.
There are about 7 or 8 big rock formations, and on each there are difficult bits to try and climb, and easier bits for the inexperienced to get up. I also had a go although I didn’t get very far – it’s a tiny bit rough on the hands. Besides, I don’t think I’d ever have gotten back down had I got up on top of one.
We played in the adventure playground for a while. There are swings, a sand pit, tree tunnel, flying fox, lots of climbing frames and a few sets of monkey bars, a bridge and a slide. It’s really fun. It was quite difficult for the little lady to get up to the slide (I had to go with her & so got several turns on the slide – it was fun) but there’s something to suit all ages.
Lot’s of the climbing frames are made with whole logs rather than planks of wood adding to the foresty feel of the whole place.
We took a stroll along the boardwalk which goes alongside the river. It’s a really peaceful walk (until you take a toddler who likes to sing at the top of her voice). The boardwalk is probably almost a kilometre long. It’s custom built and fully raised off the ground, meaning that in winter (and every other season) it won’t be covered in muddy puddles – or submerged!
I’d go back just to go a walk along the boardwalk – I found it really relaxing. After examining a bunch of leaves and blades of grass and a few snails, the little lady seemed to be under the impression it was a running track. She was knackered afterwards!
The wild flower meadow isn’t finished yet, but the benches around it are all in place. It doesn’t look like much at the moment, but I think it’s going to be really pretty when it’s grown.
The whole park is completely full of saplings and tiny trees protected by different coloured mesh. That in itself is pretty cool to see! There aren’t many big trees within the park right now, but in a few years it will look and feel like a proper woodland. I’m really excited to see it even come spring, when it opens.
The park isn’t huge; you could walk around the loop in about 25 minutes. But there’s tons to do when you’re there.
It’s completely free.
The Extra Bits
It doesn’t look like there is going to be a car park. I’m not sure about that though and will find out. There is on street parking around the park which is free.
There was an ice cream van there today, but there are no other facilities on site. Including toilets.
Cuningar Loop is a really pretty park, and will be even prettier when it’s finished. It’s more than that though; it’s a really cool park and is completely different from any other in Glasgow. The whole place is one big adventure, and there is tons to do. Although the little lady had a great time, I think older kids (and big kids) will particularly love it. It’s well worth a visit.
I’m really looking forward to spring when it’s finally complete and fully opened!
Cuningar Loop is located in Rutherglen, across the Clyde from the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village at Dalmarnock. The nearest postcode is G73 1PW.
It is open on weekends until December 2015 & will open fully in Spring 2016.