Dock Park, Dumfries & Galloway

Dock Park

The Dock Park is the oldest park in Dumfries and is located on the east bank of the River Nith. ‘The Dock Park Project’ was part of an ongoing planned programme of improvements around Dumfries to improve its economic position. This project includes improvements to the play area to cater for a greater range of people of all ages and abilities. The initial stages of development began with the Friends of of Dock Park, DG First and Ironside Farrar to create a vision for the space that would bring the project back to life and inspire a new generation of visitors.

Funding was granted by Dumfries & Galloway Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery, and it was necessary to keep the design tied to its historical routes and surrounding location. Jupiter Play worked in collaboration with Ironside Farrar to design elements and select pieces like the FHS ship to tie in with the riverside location. The project group also had a focus to make the scheme as inclusive as possible and with Jupiter Play’s experience in inclusive design were able to provide expert advice on selecting a range of sensory pieces and equipment that would engage all visitors. Material choice was very important to the client, who were looking for both a natural look but needed assurances of long term sustainability, which is why only the FHS Robinia timber and complimentary steel products could be used.

The Park was opened with a Royal seal of approval in May 2014 with the visit from The Earl and Countess of Wessex and is now in use alongside a variety of other new facilities in the area. Dock park is now 8 years old and is still getting lots of use and looks fantastic!

We were absolutely delighted that the Dock Park was awarded a coveted Green Flag, which was worthy recognition of the way the council has totally transformed the park. However to now be voted No. 1 in Scotland is an outstanding achievement especially because this award was as a result of a public vote.