Cuningar Loop of­fi­cially opens

Bridge com­pletes wood­land park

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The abandoned Ruther­glen land­fill site trans­formed into an ac­tive“wood­land re­treat” was of­fi­cially opened this week.

Cuningar Loop Wood­land Park is the size of 15 foot­ball pitches and boasts bik­ing and walk­ing loops, ad­ven­ture play ar­eas and Scot­land’s first out­door boul­der­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

A ma­jor green space for Ru­glo­ni­ans to en­joy, the park is ex­pected to wel­come 120,000 vis­i­tors this year.

The £9.3 mil­lion Com­mon­wealth Games legacy project has been man­aged by For­est En­ter­prise Scot­land and Clyde Gate­way, with the support of many part­ners.

Mark­ing Cuningar Loop’s of­fi­cial open­ing dur­ing a visit, trans­port min­is­ter Humza Yousaf said: “This project is a great ex­am­ple of how you can turn an un­used land­fill site into a thriv­ing wood­land re­treat for lo­cal peo­ple.

“By work­ing in part­ner­ship, the com­mu­ni­ties around South La­nark­shire and the east end of Glas­gow now have bet­ter ac­cess to good qual­ity green space, right on their doorstep.

“Cuningar Loop is one big wood­land ad­ven­ture and is help­ing to get peo­ple ac­tive whilst build­ing stronger com­mu­ni­ties at the same time.”

Many years ago, the site was used for quar­ry­ing and min­ing be­fore turn­ing into a land­fill site for rub­ble from the Gor­bals de­mo­li­tion. To help green up the area, over 15,000 trees and shrubs have been planted.

Stu­art Chalmers, for­est district man­ager with For­est En­ter­prise Scot­land, added: “We’re re­ally pleased that Cuningar Loop has been such a big hit with lo­cal peo­ple. The em­pha­sis has al­ways been to make the park a wel­com­ing and ac­tive place for all to visit.

“A key in­gre­di­ent to this suc­cess has been work­ing with com­mu­nity groups and part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions – some­thing which we will build on for the fu­ture.”

Artists in res­i­dence Rob Mull­hol­land and James Win­nett helped bring the wood­land park to life with sculp­tures and unique art­work.

An­other key fea­ture of Cuningar Loop is the re­cently in­stalled new pur­pose built bridge, which con­nects the park to the former Com­mon­wealth Games ath­letes’ vil­lage.

Ian Man­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Clyde Gate­way, said: “For Clyde Gate­way, this is re­gen­er­a­tion.

“The qual­ity and va­ri­ety of fa­cil­i­ties in the park are prov­ing to be amaz­ingly popular with lo­cal res­i­dents and those from fur­ther afield, with the vis­i­tor num­bers up there with some of the best-known at­trac­tions in and around the city.”

Cuningar Loop Wood­land Park forms a key part of the wider eco­nomic re­gen­er­a­tion of the Glas­gow and South La­nark­shire area. It is one of 14 Com­mon­wealth wood­lands around Glas­gow.

The park’s de­vel­op­ment is also part of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Cen­tral Scot­land Green Network (CSGN) project which is boost­ing eco­nomic re­gen­er­a­tion and mak­ing the cen­tral belt a more at­trac­tive place to live in, do busi­ness and visit.

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