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COVID-19 Update

Further to the First Minister’s update on Tuesday 9 March 2021 outlining the easing of Level 4 restrictions, from Friday 12th March 2021:

  • Adults can take part in outdoor non-contact sport and organised group exercise in groups of up to 15 people.
  • Young people aged 12-17 can take part in non-contact sports and other organised activities in groups of up to 15 people and can travel across local council boundaries to take part in these activities.

Activities must be in line with sport-specific guidance agreed between the Scottish Governing Body of Sport and sportscotland. Bookings are also required to agree and adhere to the Covid-19 DCC Sports Facility Conditions of Hire and must also complete and return a Covid-19 checklist.

Please note that although football pitches can be booked and goals are in place, pitches will not be marked out or cut until further notice.


Dawson Park is the result of a bequest in 1940, by Mr William Dawson of Broughty Ferry "for the purpose of providing playing fields, sports grounds or other recreational facilities ..."

The ground was purchased from the Douglas and Angus Estate in 1949, and the park was opened in the mid 1950's.

It is still a focus for sport in the East end of the city, with numerous pitches of both natural grass and artificial, tennis and basketball courts, a bowling club and various changing facilities.

How to book sports pitches

The park has feature plantings, a sunken garden, and a formal cherry avenue along the north axis, which is particularly stunning in spring.

There is an Accessibility Guide available on the AccessAble website

Duntrune Community Garden, which aims to provide information and ideas for small gardens, is also located within the heart of the park. Visit the Duntrune Community Garden webpage for further details.

A map of the park is located at the Ellieslea Road Entrance of the park, however a PDF copy may also be downloaded here (1.01MB PDF).

Please note: desktop printers have different capabilities, so when printing these PDF maps please make sure your settings include 'shrink to printable area' or similar, to ensure you get the entire map on the page.