A Better Way of Managing Storm Water for St Mary’s

Scottish Water, NatureScot and SEPA are working with Dundee City Council to develop an exciting and innovative project to improve the way storm water is managed and reduce flood risk in the St Mary’s area of Dundee.

We want to engage the community in shaping plans which could bring significant benefits for the area by transforming a landscape corridor running from St Leonards and St Fergus Church on Macalpine Road to Baldragon Academy on Harestane Road, including St Leonard Park as well as part of Balgowan Avenue Park.

Drop-in Event

  • Thursday 10th June, 2:30pm to 7pm
  • Open tent behind St Leonard and St Fergus' Church, St Leonard Place
  • Covid-safe measures will be in place
  • All welcome

Tell us what you think!
A montage showing what part of St Leonard Park could look like with the Back Burn reinstated
Storm water flooding on St Leonard Place affects residents, the road and part of the park area
Much of St Leonard Park today is dominated by relatively featureless grass
A sketch plan indicating some early ideas and opportunities for St Leonard Park
An artist's impression showing what a wildlife-friendly storm water retention basin could look like
A montage showing what part of St Leonard Park could look like with the Back Burn reinstated
Improving active travel routes and adding new exercise or play areas are other opportunities for the park

St Leonard Park - present and future?

The park as it is today, regularly affected by flooding, and some early ideas for the future

What We Are Doing

We want to engage the local community about an exciting opportunity to reduce the risk of flooding locally, while also making wider positive changes to the park. The reopening of the historic Back Burn, which was culverted over 50 years ago, could restore a natural watercourse with potential to include a variety of other features. We also want to explore opportunities to create a new pathway system that will improve connections and support more walking and cycling; a more attractive planting structure with new spaces, areas for growing and increased wildlife; and areas for active use such as outdoor gyms or improved play opportunities.

Why We Are Doing This

The aim is to reduce flood risk, and at the same time improve these green spaces for the benefit of everyone. They could offer much more and provide multiple benefits for recreation, wildlife, active travel and activities for the people who live and work in and around St Mary's.

Get Involved 

Proposals are at an early stage, so we are hoping that you will help shape the ideas. You can download and read more information below. Please give us your feedback and ideas by completing our short questionnaire.

You can also add comments or ideas on a map of St Leonard Park and the adjoining green spaces using the Placecheck app.

Find out more

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St Leonard Park Community Event Posters

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