£35,000 visitor centre upgrade

Cllr Eric Gotts at Visitor Centre Mugdock for story on survey into visitor numbers.

Cllr Eric Gotts at Visitor Centre Mugdock for story on survey into visitor numbers.

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A major re-development of Mugdock Park Visitor Centre has just been completed and it is set to open to the public soon.

The work which cost around £35,000 was majority funded by East Dunbartonshire Council, with an eighth of this sum coming from Stirling Council. The work was delayed when bats were discovered in the roof, and took around six month to complete.

It is hoped to open the centre soon to the public to coincide with the busy summer school holiday period. However at the moment there are a number of staffing issues following illness that need to be addressed before the centre can open.

Milngavie councillor Eric Gotts, who is on the Mugdock Park Joint Management Committee, said: “The important thing is, and the reason why we have done this, is to enhance the visitor experience.

“We want to create a much warmer welcome to the park.

“Previously visitors were not sure where to go when they came to the centre from the carpark, but it is all now much clearer.”

The inside of the top half of the building has been totally gutted. Previously it was divided into three parts, but has now been opened up into one large open plan area.

Councillor Gotts added: “When you walk in, there is now a large help desk on the left with information on what to do at the park. On the right of this is a gift shop. “

The cycle hire centre which was upstairs has moved to the lower level courtyard area.

It is hoped the new improved facilities will boost not only visitor numbers, but also give the park a higher rating from Visitscotland.

At the moment the park has a four star grading, and it is hoped to be reclassified with the highest grade five rating.

The upgraded facilities comes at an exciting time for Mugdock Park.

From August 7 to 9 the park is hosting MugStock music festival and it is hoped to attract a wide variety of people to the family friendly event.”