Friday, September 7, 2012

Kay Park

I walk through this lovely 30 acre park two or three times a week, on one side of the pond to get to the Library and Dick Institute, or the other side following the river, the Kilmarnock Water, down to the town.
The park was gifted to Kilmarnock by the local insurance broker, Alexander Kay and opened in 1879. 
You'll find the striking Reformers' Monument there and the attractive Victorian Fountain which commemorates the 1902 coronation of King Edward and Queen Alexandra. 
On the top of the hill there is the new Burns Monument Genealogy and Registrar Centre, built to replace the former Burns monument which very sadly burnt down in 2004. The beautiful statue of Burns fortunately remained intact and now stands in the middle of the new Centre. (I shall write a separate post about it before long!)
Above: one of the two lions which 'guard' the Burns Centre
Kay Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including squirrels, rabbits, ducks and swans. It's a great place for a walk as there are many paths to follow including some mature tree avenues. I love seeing the many attractive flower beds in season and the daffodils are a sight to behold in spring!
I'm sure I shall write many posts in future about this wonderful park, so close to where I live, and add photos taken in the different seasons.

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