Duthie Park Aberdeen

Best Play Space, 2013

Duthie Park has become a multi-awarding winning environment since its £5 million restoration completed in 2013 with visitor numbers reaching over a million per year. The parkland of 44 acres was donated to the city by Miss Duthie in 1880 and opened to the public in 1883. The park has many artefacts including a bandstand, fountains, ponds, statues and the David Welch Winter Gardens, which were rebuilt in 1970. These house many exotic plants including the largest collection of cacti open to the public in Britain. This is a park for all the family, with activities from boating in the ponds to cricket on the lawns.

The three play areas are popular attractions within the park and the aim is to ensure children and parents have access to the highest quality play equipment.

The refurbishment of the Duthie Park play areas was made possible by the generosity of the late Lorna Doreen Russell. Mrs Russell had a great fondness for Duthie Park’s David Welch Winter Gardens and, with her husband, spent many happy hours there.

She died in April 2009, leaving around £800,000 to Aberdeen City Council for “extending, improving or otherwise refurbishing that part of the Duthie Park known as the Winter Gardens or providing further facilities at the park.”

As well as the £120,000 refurbishment to the two existing play areas in Duthie Park, Mrs Russell’s bequest also funded the creation of the brand new £200,000 play area in the south-east corner and the replacement of greenhouses in the David Welch Winter Gardens.

Duthie Park has demonstrated how high quality local environments can make a real difference to people’s lives and how important it is for communities to feel pride in their local area.

Duthie Park manager Alan Findlay said:

“Duthie Park has a special place in the hearts of many folk and it is fantastic that another project made possible by Mrs Russell’s bequest has concluded. It is projects like these that help the park flourish and ensure that this popular attraction is safeguarded for future generations.”

Alan Findlay

Duthie Park Manager

Duthie Park

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