Victoria Park, Glasgow

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Victoria Park, Glasgow is a park located in Glasgow, Scotland.

Flowers at Victoria Park

Description[edit]

Victoria Park is set in western Glasgow, adjacent to the districts of Scotstoun, Whiteinch, Jordanhill and Broomhill. The park was created and named for Queen Victoria's jubilee in 1886. It is 20 hectares (50 acres) [1] in area. The main entrances to the park are from Westland Drive, Victoria Park Drive North, and Balshagray Avenue. Victoria Park is open from 7:00 am till dusk.

Friends of Victoria Park (FoVP)[2] is a West Glasgow group set up protect and develop this community asset

Main Features[edit]

There are a number of features within Victoria Park:

  • A memorial honouring the local residents who died in World War I and World War II
  • A children's playpark with climbing frames and swings.
  • A pond, with two small islands. The larger island is connected on both sides by iron bridges
  • A fully restored four-dial miniature lamp post clock, donated by William Gordon Oswald[3] in 1888, which is still functioning today
  • The Jubilee Gates situated at the Victoria Park North Drive entrance were erected and funded by the 'Ladies of Partick' in 1887. They were manufactured by Macfarlane's Saracen foundry at a cost of £100. They bear the Partick Burgh coat of arms. In 1987 - the gates' centenary year - they underwent a restoration
  • The Fossil Grove - During the park's construction in the late 19th century, when a pilot channel for the road was cut through a large area of rock, the builders discovered preserved fossilised tree trunks. The route for the road was then diverted and the sand and shale further excavated to reveal more fossils

Facilities[edit]

Victoria Park has the following facilities;

The grove at Victoria Park
  • An orienteering course
  • A model yachting course
  • Children's play areas
  • Bowling greens
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • A putting course
  • Several gardens.

History[edit]

The park was formally opened by the Provost of Partick, Sir Andrew McLean on 2 July 1887. The arboretum section of the park was originally designed as an educational facility. During the 1960s, a large section of the park was removed in order to make way for the approach roads to the Clyde Tunnel and Expressway.

Events[edit]

Victoria Park plays host to several events such as the Whiteinch Fair Festival and the Indian Summer music festival. The park is also home to the Victoria Cricket and Hyndland FC rugby club. Throughout the summer, the Countryside Rangers arrange walks to educate children about the environment. The park is now home to the fledgling Scottish Australian Rules Football League clubs, the Glasgow Sharks and the Glasgow Magpies and is understood to be the UK's only dedicated Australian Rules Football ground.

Travel[edit]

  • Rail - Train stations situated in Hyndland and Jordanhill, both of which are approximately a fifteen-minute walk away.
  • Bus - Several routes operate from Glasgow city centre to Dumbarton Road, Crow Road and Victoria Park Drive North. All of these are within five minutes walk from the park gates.
  • Car - There is some parking around the park perimeter, in particular along Victoria Park Drive North.

Television[edit]

The park featured in the Scottish sitcom Still Game in the episode 'Hot Seat'. The programme features beautiful views of the park and scenes of the surrounding area.

The park is also featured in 'Limmy's Show' (a Scottish sketch show) in a sketch in which Limmy bemoans the poor state of the railings around the park.

Controversy[edit]

There is ongoing controversy over plans to convert former football pitches within the park into permanent car parking facilities.

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