LEVENGROVE PARK, Clydeshore Road, Veir Terrace, Woodyard Road, Dumbarton.
ACCESS : Easy access for all. Those with mobility limitations can be driven right to the Pavilion tea room from the service road off Woodyard Road.
Kirktonhill Conservation Area.
https://w3w.co/raced.margin.phones Pergola at old bandstand site.
For other features see the separate descriptions on the sub-tabs.
The logo of the park. Besides the plants, 4 things are represented here. Can you work out what each is?
Here are some clues.
Levengrove Park, together with the Posties Park sports fields, is located on a dramatic stretch of land where the River Leven meets the estuary of the River Clyde. It has impressive views across the Clyde to Renfrewshire and to the adjacent town and Dumbarton Rock on the other side of the Leven.
This Victorian park has recently undergone a £3.8 million transformation, thanks to investment from West Dunbartonshire Council and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The warm colours of red-hot-pokers in a view looking towards Dumbarton Bridge.
For a moment you feel as though you are entering a tropical jungle (at least in summer). This is a relatively new domed structure added as part of the improvements to the park on the site of the former bandstand. Unsurprisingly this is usually referred to as the "former bandstand", but it really should be "the gazebo pergola". There are benches within it to enjoy its lush setting.
Besides the mature trees and areas of formal garden there are other things to see. These include ST SERF'S CHURCH index.asp?pageid=716577, with links to Robert the Bruce, SHIERS WELL index.asp?pageid=717290, Kilmahew Fountain and the Cenotaph index.asp?pageid=717385. There are interesting information boards at strategic places. The new pavilion is the home of the popular Pavillion Café, complete with outside seating, and an adjacent upgraded play area for children.
The fountain and surrounding flower beds.
The park also boasts a training suite with multiple opportunities for learning, a formal garden with extensive spring and summer bedding displays, an Arboretum, open grassland, and recreation facilities which include a basketball court.
Levengrove is home to a number of events throughout the year including a popular summer Gala Day, the annual Scottish Pipe Band Championships in July and a fireworks display each November.
Within the carpark of the Training Centre is this carved stone pediment. Thanks to "PR" we learn that it was recovered from the old Crosslet House building prior to redevelopment. It sits here until it can either be introduced into the new grounds of the new premises in a suitable way (transport being an issue) or given a better setting here.
HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT SCOTLAND website : http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB24904
WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COUNCIL : https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/leisure-parks-events/parks-and-greenspaces/parks/levengrove-park/hlf-project/ and https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/leisure-parks-events/parks-and-greenspaces/parks/levengrove-park/history-of-levengrove-park/