WORK is now underway on delivering a further £2.3m of new facilities at the much-loved Cuningar Loop Woodland Park in Clyde Gateway. The park, which spans 37 acres of woodland on the banks of the River Clyde in Rutherglen, will see a new ‘Bothy’ and lookout tower ‘The Tur’ being built.
The Bothy will bring together local communities, groups and visitors within this forest building. The Bothy will feature a multi-functional space for both community and business, together with toilets and changing facilities.
The Tur will be a viewing platform with ramped access, located north of The Bothy and will allow visitors to take in expansive treetop views over the park.
Cuningar Loop, which is managed by Forestry and Land Scotland, first opened to the public in 2016 and provides a range of features including adventure play, bike pump track, bouldering zone, boardwalk and events area. The park has seen over 500,000 visitors since it first opened.
The new facilities will be delivered by Linear Design and Construct, who are themselves based in the East of Glasgow, with work expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Clyde Gateway’s Chief Executive, Ian Manson said: “The Cuningar Loop woodland park is a much-loved facility and during lockdown, it has provided a real haven for local residents to carry out exercise. These new facilities will further enhance this fantastic facility and give local residents even more outdoor health, wellbeing and natural play benefits.
Cuningar Loop already brings huge recreational and economic benefits to the area and the addition of The Bothy and Tur will be the icing on the cake, offering the ideal woodland retreat to promote physical and mental wellness and a fantastic resource for the local community and visitors to enjoy.”