Future Developments

Lochore Meadows Country Park

The future of the Meedies

Bringing improvement ideas to life at the Meedies

Lochore Meadows Country Park is Fife’s most-visited outdoor attraction with over one million visits each year.

On the site of the former Mary Pit, the park has been welcoming visitors since 1976. Loch Ore Castle sits near to the main entrance, on the site of the original loch. And the Fife Pilgrim Way runs through the park.

It is home to the Willie Clarke Visitor Centre, the Outdoor Education Fife team and Lochore Meadows Golf Course.

We love the Meedies just as much as you do and there is still a lot of potential to develop the park. Proposals and ideas include:

  • a new, accessible destination playpark
  • creating new events space and overflow parking
  • expanding the outdoor education site for extra equipment storage and activities
  • developing a new natural play space
  • improving and expanding the bike trail routes
  • improving the café and outdoor seating area
  • working more with community interest, volunteer, and environmental groups
  • considering other types of outdoor learning (and training opportunities) that could be offered by the park
  • improving our community engagement, re-establishing a stakeholder group for the park and making it easier for local people to get involved or have their say.

Meedies development proposals

We have been gathering feedback on this, and some other proposals, as part of a wider consultation on park developments.

The consultation is now closed and we'd like thank over 1,000 people for taking the time to share their thoughts. It has been a fantastic opportunity to gather reactions, new ideas and get fresh perspectives on a range of things that people feel passionate about.

Next steps?

The consultation results and a range of options were presented to councillors at the Cowdenbeath Area Committee on 1 February 2023. The survey results and committee papers detailing recommended next steps are available to download:

To summarise the results, the playpark design proposals were favourably received but there was also significant concern about its suggestion to relocate it to the west end of the park’s events space with many members of the public and stakeholder groups believing it would detrimentally impact on the events space.

This feedback helped to shape a new compromised position, which was approved by the Cowdenbeath Area Committee, to situate a new play park between the events space and existing play park. Revised designs for the new playpark have now been submitted as a planning application.

Get involved in future consultations

Engagement work allows us to gain insight into what visitors and the local community want to see at the Meedies, which is helping shape our development plan.

We will continue to keep the community engaged and informed here on our website and our social media pages. We welcome your participation in future surveys. If you haven't already had the chance, please consider completing our quick online form to sign up to be included in future engagement.

This will help ensure that we're able to work closely with the community as we develop future projects for the Meedies and the wider Cowdenbeath area.