Levengrove Park, which opened on 30 May 1885 is owned and managed by West Dunbartonshire Council and is the only Victorian park in West Dunbartonshire. It has great historic value and many heritage features and is a vital resource for the community of Dumbarton and visitors.
The park offers dramatic views of Dumbarton Rock, River Clyde and the River Leven and was established by shipbuilders William Denny and John McMillan who gifted the park to the town. The original layout of the park is still intact however Levengrove House was demolished and the original greenhouses and bandstand were removed along with the main gates and original railings.
The Park is mainly open grassland, extending over an area of approximately 13.6 hectares and is situated in Dumbarton on the northern shore of the River Clyde at the mouth of the River Leven.
The Heritage features include, the original gates and pillars at the North Lodge House, the floral bedding displays, the War Memorial, the bandstand area, Kilmahew Fountain, Shiers Well, the newly discovered 1714 Well, St Serf's Church ruins and the Pavilion.
In 2016 West Dunbartonshire Council’s Greenspace Section secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks for People. This funding has allowed for the restoration of the historic/heritage features within the park, the building of a new Pavilion/Ranger Office and Café, revamped depot and training suite, upgraded play areas, pathways and additional lighting and seating.
The new Pavilion as well as having a cafe, houses a Community Ranger Service providing activities for the community. The Community Engagement Ranger, assisted by volunteers and Rangers, organises and facilitates events and activities such as Gala Days, Inspirational Walks, bird watches, school visits, kids and adult art workshops, nature activities and art exhibitions etc.
The training suite house staff from the West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, (Work Connect Specialist Supported Employment Service) who work with adults recovering from mental health issues and addiction, as well as those suffering from autism and learning disabilities. Supporting these clients to realise their potential in a supported environment, providing opportunities for clients to obtain a range of employability and life skills.