Cuningar Loop Woodland Park will offer a wide variety of attractions including new artworks that have been created with the help of of local residents
Physical Transformation > Cuningar Loop
A new woodland park has been created on a long neglected area of vacant and derelict scrub land on the banks of the Clyde less than a mile from Rutherglen town centre and directly across from the Athletes Village.
Cuningar Loop – so named because of it being located on a distinctive bend in the river – is a 30 hectare site that had several industrial uses over the past 200 years but in recent times has served as a tip and landfill site when tenements were cleared across Glasgow in the 1960s and 70s.
This hidden gem is gradually being brought back into use with Clyde Gateway working in partnership with the Forestry Commission Scotland to invest £5 million in what will become the biggest urban park in South Lanarkshire and taking up half of the overall site at Cuningar Loop.
Almost 15,000 trees have been planted while newly designed open spaces, trails, paths, picnic areas and an exciting and varied array of leisure play areas, as well as a series of permanent art installations, will see visitor and community use of Cuningar to more than 100,000 people per year by 2021.
The public were given access to the new facilities on offer at Cuningar Loop Woodland Park on a trial basis in August and September 2015 before it was fully opened seven-days-a-week from March 2016.
Work is underway to construct a pedestrian bridge to link Cuningar Woodland park with the Athletes Village housing development on the opposite bank of the river. It is hoped the bridge will be completed by September 2016.