New name reflects park’s future plans

Dunnikier Park
Dunnikier Park

Kirkcaldy’s Dunnikier Park is to change its name and will now be known as Dunnikier Country Park.

And though the change may seem slight, it is a significant one, according to the chairman of the Park Improvement Group.

“The new name reflects the future direction the park will take,” said Sue Bennett. “We have wonderful parks in Kirkcaldy but what is distinctive about the park at Dunnikier is its natural environment.

“Changing the name to Dunnikier Country Park emphasises it is a natural and unspoiled place that is open to everyone. The park is a surprisingly diverse place that offers the visitor a range of distinct experiences from conventional park land with sports pitches and a golf-course to an extensive network of woodland trails.

“These trails make the woodland accessible to everyone, irrespective of their age or level of fitness.”

The group has worked closely with Fife Council to ensure the name change has been as smooth as possible.

“We were also supported by Councillors Carol Lindsay, Neil Crooks and David Ross,” said Sue, “and a lot of good work has been carried out by park manager, Stuart Tait, and his team resurfacing the woodland trails.

“This has dramatically improved access and means visitors can get close to nature.

“There are now more opportunities to watch birds in their natural habitat and even the chance to see larger wildlife such as roe deer.

“To make sure Dunnikier continues as a country park steps have also been taken to improve the environment.

“For example, there has been a tree planting and a wild-flower reseeding programme that involved students from Kirkcaldy High School.

“This has created a meadow land walk and improved the park’s bio-diversity.

“These measures will help develop the idea that Dunnikier is Kirkcaldy’s country park.”

There are also plans to improve the signage at the entrance to the park which will feature a new logo designed by students from the High School, as well as to stage a ‘Country Fair’ themed event in the spring or early summer.