Fund­ing gives park a stay of ex­e­cu­tion

Evening Times - - NEWS - By CATRIONA STE­WART

EX­TRA fund­ing has been awarded to ex­tend the life of a pop­u­lar tem­po­rary park.

Bar­row­land Park was cre­ated for the Com­mon­wealth Games in 2014 at the site of the his­toric Schipka Pass in the Cal­ton.

It was set up with Stalled Spa­ces cash as part of the Cal­ton Bar­ras Ac­tion Plan with lo­cals cam­paign­ing to have the space made a per­ma­nent fea­ture.

Now coun­cil bosses have con­firmed they are giv­ing an­other £6000 to keep the park in place un­til 2018. But they said the stay of ex­e­cu­tion does not mean Bar­row­land Park will be kept.

A Glas­gow City Coun­cil spokesman said: “We have ex­tended main­te­nance fund­ing for Bar­row­land Park into 2018. It should be re­mem­bered that while the park – by its na­ture as a stalled space – was al­ways in­tended to be tem­po­rary, the art­work will al­ways have a home in the Bar­ras/ Cal­ton area.

“We are de­lighted by its con­tin­u­ing pop­u­lar­ity with lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors.”

Bar­row­land Park in­cludes the Al­bum Path­way – a brightly-coloured walk­way list­ing more than 2000 bands that have played at the fa­mous Bar­row­land Ball­room, cre­ated by for­mer Turner Prize nom­i­nee Jim Lam­bie.

Prior to its trans­for­ma­tion the space, bounded by the Gal­low­gate, Lon­don Road and Moir Street, had lain derelict. The coun­cil owns two thirds of the land and the rest is split be­tween pri­vate own­ers.

It was trans­formed into a park on July 19, 2014, thanks to £700,000 of fund­ing and ear­lier this year mu­sic fans gath­ered to cel­e­brate its third an­niver­sary.

Fans of Bar­row­land Park have cam­paigned to keep the area as a per­ma­nent greenspace in the East End.

A spokes­woman said: “We are very pleased at the news that reg­u­lar clean­ing and main­te­nance of Bar­row­land Park will con­tinue to be car­ried out un­til Septem­ber 2018. How­ever, we ques­tion whether this means the coun­cil will also not con­sider any de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als dur­ing this time.

“For the long term, our aim re­mains to se­cure the fu­ture of the park for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Fans of Bar­row­land Park have cam­paigned to keep the area as a per­ma­nent greenspace

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