Funding gives park a stay of execution
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