As part of the MyParkExplore series sharing ideas of parks to visit we spoke to Jeni Rowe from the Friends of Seven Acre Park about the park.
Seven Acre Park, as the name suggests, is 7 acres in size and consists of two main sections – one accessed via Stanydykehead and the other via Netherbank View. The park is sited on former farmland and was adopted by Edinburgh Council in 1999.
We asked Jeni what in her opinion makes Seven Acre Park special, the picture about illustrates what she had to say really well:
Seven Acre Park is located on the south side of the city and has spectacular panoramic views across the town towards Arthur’s Seat and the castle, and all the way across to Fife
It is not just about the views ,though as Jeni points out:
With a great play park and open space for kite flying, playing football or walking the dog it’s a great place to come and look at the views while enjoying your activity.
We are lucky enough to have a multi gym in our park, which is always being used by people, from families to grown-ups wanting to get fit. I don’t think there are many in the south of the city and the friends group helped to raise some of the money towards it.
We have also had a new orchard installed recently on the northern boundary to the park. We are looking forward to it growing and starting to produce fruit for all members of the community to enjoy
As with a lot of parks Seven Acre holds memories for Jeni, not just about the park but also how the Friends group are helping to shape the park:
I love the fact the the park has such a positive friends group and that we’ve helped to improve the park is small but noticeable ways. One of my favourite memories of the park is helping to paint the chicane gates and fences, and us all working together with a great result.
It’s also great that the park is very local to me, and I have taken my kids there from being babies to now, and watching them use the park in different ways. My daughter loves the roundabout and I love watching her face as she flies around on it.
The active Friends Group have a number of great ideas of how including some ongoing developments.
We are currently working on the woodland walk and the design of information boards and directional signage, which should be installed in September. The group obtained the funding through Neighbourhood partnerships, and think it will enhance the experience of the woodland walk, which was created earlier this year.
We are also looking at raising money to put a break in the wall at the east end of the playing field, which will help access into the play park/field area for folk coming from the east along Stanedykehead.
We have other plans for the future including in a silver birch copse in the south side of the park, and possibly another orchard area to the east, as well as an extension to the woodland walk with some wooden animal sculptures.
Information can be found about the park on the Seven Acre Park page if you would like to get out and explore the park or use the Explore Parks page to find out about parks across Edinburgh and Glasgow.