The new Auldcathie District Park stretches over 85 acres to the west of Winchburgh. It links directly to the Union Canal to the north and the Old Drovers Path to the south past the new schools under construction as part of the strategic growth of the village. The new park will connect through the heart of the new town centre linked via a network of greenways and footpaths to Daisy Park and beyond to the east.
This newly developed greenspace for Winchburgh has been partly formed from the reclamation of a former landfill site and represents an investment of over £6 million to create a running new park with a variety of uses to suit everyone.
All age groups within the community of Winchburgh have helped design the park to ensure it meets the needs of the growing community.
From a landscape which will have 31,000 newly planted trees, 2.5km of running, walking and fitness loops, a new biking track and large play areas for all ages play areas from toddlers to teens, the park has something for everyone.
Winchburgh and its surrounding countryside walks is a home of dog lovers so Auldcathie has its own secure dog park for those wanting safe spaces to exercise their dogs. For those with green fingers, there is an acre of park allocated to the Winchburgh Growers to create a community growing space for volunteers to grow vegetables that expands upon the fifty planters already throughout the village. The park delivers spaces for everyone.
A café and seating area sit at the pedestrian entrance to the park close to the new schools campus playing fields for parents to drop into after walking children to the primary school or to wait for them as they finish their school day.
The new schools campus playing fields sit adjacent to the park and create an exceptional open feel for it. The campus has been designed as a “school in a park” and pupils and staff will be able to enjoy and benefit from the overall open feel of the surrounding area. Pupils will be able to enjoy the park and having this openness and sense of a being in school in the park.
Auldcathie is unique and diverse park for all to enjoy. Phase 1 will open summer 2021 which includes the play park and growing areas and greenspaces to the canal. Phase 2 and final completion will be in 2022.