Progress to date

The countryside around the Barrhead dams and north through Waulkmill Glen and Darnley Mill towards Nitshill Road has been used for many years by local residents for walking, cycling and fishing. Both East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils have recognised that the area's potential as a leisure and environmental resource is not being fulfilled and as a result are working together to develop and manage the area as a new country park called Dams to Darnley.

A joint committee met for the first time in 2006 and the project now has a project officer and two countryside rangers.

The country park is being developed through a series of improvements over a number of years, leading to new recreation and visitor facilities and infrastructure.

Improvements to repair and replace existing infrastructure, including stone walls and cast iron Victorian railings, took place between 2005 and 2007, and new signs, benches and bins have also started to appear. 

In 2008 the first new country park path was built, around the south shore of Balgray Reservoir. The route links Balgraystone Road, the country road opposite St. Luke’s High School in Barrhead, to Aurs Road at Ryat Linn Reservoir. An additional link to Balgray Reservoir was added in 2011, with an entrance on Springfield Road, Barrhead. New path networks have also been completed as part of the Deacon's Grange and Parklands Meadows housing estates.

New entrances have also been constructed at Nitshill Road and Corselet Road, there have been path improvements within Darnley Mill and a vandalised pond dipping platform has been rebuilt. New signage, bins and benches have also been installed at Darnley Mill during 2009 and 2010.

A new car park to serve the south and west side of the country park was completed in 2011. The car park is off Balgraystone Road, Barrhead and provides easy access to the Balgray Reservoir path. 

Two new woodland path loops within Darnley Mill and Waulkmill Glen were added in 2012 with entrances to both routes from Corselet Road. A small number of car parking spaces have also been provided off corselet Road at the southern entrance to the paths. The overgrown path along the north shore of Waulkmill Glen Reservoir was also upgraded during 2012. There is a fantastic view back along the reservoir from the end of this path.

The country park's dedicated countryside ranger service runs a regular programme of events and health walks. An environmental education programme is also well established, providing opportunities to local nursery, primary and secondary schools. There are also volunteer opportunities within the country park. The quarterly newsletter wagtail keeps people up to date with country park news and events.

Since 2010 maintenance tasks within the country park have been undertaken by East Renfrewshire Training Centre, based at Rouken Glen Park. As a result Dams to Darnley is also helping to provide training opportunities for local residents.