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Beveridge Park

A public park in the Linktown district of Kirkcaldy, a quarter-mile (0.5 km) southwest of the town centre. Beveridge Park was laid out 1891-92 by William D. Sang, a noted local civil engineer and naturalist, on a 42-ha (104-acre) parcel of land which Kirkcaldy Town Council had bought from the Raith estate. This purchase was financed by a bequest of 50,000 from Michael Beveridge, a linen manufacturer who served as Provost and died in 1890. 10,000 people attended the formal opening on 24th September 1892.

The park slopes gently towards woodland in the southwest. Lodges were provided at Raith Gate and Southerton. Facilities include formal rose and flower gardens, a bog garden, woodland walks and a large boating pond, which includes a small wooded island. There is also a play area and sports facilities. Pitches and a changing pavilion are provided for football and rugby, together with tennis courts, a bowling green and a multi-use games area.

A motor sports circuit once ran around the periphery of the park, which hosted racing for Formula 3 cars and motorcycles. The Scottish Road Races were held here between 1948 and 1988, by which time the speed and power of motorcycles had become to great for this circuit. Champion Bob McIntyre (1928-62) raced here regularly from 1951.

A fine bandstand became derelict and was removed in 1956.


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