WHERE IS IT: North of the city centre in the Springburn area, and sits adjacent to the New Stobhill Hospital
There is wildlife aplenty in this sprawling scenic park, with three ponds as well as a healthy breed of bunnies and other animals, as well as various gardens, rockeries, and statues.
Tucked away north of the city, Springburn Park offers a number of delights and surprises to those who walk around its 31 hectares. One of the most unique attractions is the Springburn Rockery, which harkens back to Springburn’s historic quarry site. The rockery was created along with the park in 1892, and was recently refurbished after substantial donations from The North Area Committee, Land Services and Friends of Springburn Park.
A helpful nature trail takes visitors past the three ponds, filled with various birdlife, from ducks and swans to more diverse and rare species. The North end of the park is a nature conservation site, and keen birdwatchers will see waterfowls breeding here. The meadows are home to rabbits, hedgehogs, foxes and squirrels, and even the occasional deer. There is also a beautifully serene Peace Garden, dedicated to the late Lord Provost, Bob Innes. As well as benches carrying dedications to those who have passed away, it allows people to come and lay flowers or tie memories to branches to loved ones they have lost.
Man-made structures pervade the park, including a statue of Sir James Reid of Hyde Park Locomotive Works. Reid lived nearby and was instrumental to the park’s initial development. After his death, his sons helped purchase additional land for the park, and his statue was erected by public subscription in 1903. There are also two listed buildings, Winter Gardens and Mosesfield House, the former unfortunately lying derelict.
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