Pollok residents are being urged to take part in a project to convert an “underused” historic Glasgow park into a world-class civic destination.
Members of the Transforming Pollok Country Park want to renovate the space so that is enjoyed by locals and visitors to the city.
Plans will be discussed by members of the Pollokshields area partnership tomorrow morning.
It aims to improve the management and care of the park’s heritage assets, remove restrictive barriers, encourage the local community to use the facilities and improve the attractions within the park as well as transport links.
Pollok Country Park is the largest park in Glasgow and was voted the best Europe in 2008.
During that year controversial plans to turn it into a Go Ape centre were abandoned.
As well as its importance as a green space for leisure and nature conservation, it houses two of Scotland’s most important museums – the Burrell Collection and Pollok House – both which are A listed buildings.
The Burrell Collection is currently being renovated and will re-open at the end of 2020.
It is hoped once work is complete and the museum reopened, it will attract more visitors to the area.
Concerns have been raised that the park is not used as much as it could be and a strategy has been developed to address that problem.
Since November 2018, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life, have been engaging with the public and stakeholders about the transformation project.
They have been discussing modifying private car parks, changing parking arrangements, improving accessibility and promoting public transport.
So far they have met with Poloc Cricket Club, the Police Dog Unit, National Trust for Scotland, ScotRail and SPT.
A public consultation programme was carried out from November 2018 to January 2019. A pre-planning consultation will run until April focussing on the access proposals.
This will include two public meetings at Pollok Community Centre and Pollokshaws Burgh Hall.
A planning application is expected to be submitted following this with work beginning in August 2019.
The Pollokshields area partnership are expected to take note of the project and current activities before providing feedback on the project.
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