A beautiful, peaceful area in the busy market town of Strathaven actually comprises two small Parks which are joined; the John Hastie Park which stretches from the town towards the bowling and putting greens also includes two football pitches and tennis courts. The George Allan Park has a boating pond, a miniature railway, which was laid out by the Strathaven Model Railway Society in 1949, and an ornate cast-iron bandstand installed in 1902.
John Hastie was a local grocer and in his will he left money to create the small park which bears his name as well as a museum for the people of Strathaven. George Allan was only 13 when he died and his father, the Reverend James Allan, gave a large amount to allow the building of a park to commemorate his son.
Strathaven Park boasts open spaces and lovely flower beds and the Powmillon burn is an attractive feature flowing on its way to meet the River Avon.
The Park is well worth a visit, and through the summer you can enjoy boating on the pond, a railway journey and lots of fun on the putting green, and plenty of space to relax and appreciate the open space. During the summer the Park is used for the Strathaven Gala celebrations, including the famous Duck Race down the burn and in August is the venue for the annual Balloon Festival.
Car parking is ample and is mainly concentrated at the north end of the George Allan Park and limited parking can be had off the main road opposite the Ballgreen Hall.
Activities and facilities that are available during the season are:
Boating pond - kayaks, pedalos and rowing boats
Children's play areas
Café Miniature railway
The miniature railway is officially now Scotland's oldest miniature railway. This is a voluntary run attraction which operates during the season. The train will run during weekends, public holidays and throughout the week weather depending. For more information on the miniature railway please visit the Strathaven Miniature Railway website.
For more information please contact:
Strathaven Park 01357 521995 (April - September)
Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds 01698 424101