Park ‘not safe for chil­dren’ slammed

Keep your dis­tance


WOR­RIED lo­cals have slammed a play­park as “not safe for chil­dren” af­ter it re­opened. Res­i­dents in Gar­nethill fear the over­grown grass within the lo­cal park, which opened last week af­ter be­ing closed dur­ing lock­down, could be cov­er­ing hid­den dan­gers for chil­dren.

One lo­cal is seek­ing a re­turn of the “abun­dance of beau­ti­ful parks” that once was – chal­leng­ing Glas­gow City Coun­cil to im­prove the “ne­glected” ar­eas.

Mar­garet Salmon said: “The play­park in Gar­nethill can’t be used as it’s not safe for chil­dren, the grass is up to my knees, and who knows what it is hid­ing – in- clud­ing dog mess and glass.

“We have waited long enough to be able to get out to play, you need to clear the decks to make it safe.

“I am sure there are many other parks across the city that need at­ten­tion.

She added: “All over this city we have filthy streets, pave­ments with weeds and grass grow­ing out of them.

“Kids need de­cent, clean looked af­ter parks to play in”

Glas­gow City Coun­cil say they car­ried out checks at hun­dreds of well play­parks in ad­vance of their re- open­ing last week – with fur­ther work set to con­tinue in the next few days.

They ask for con­tin­ued pa­tience from res­i­dents while they get through the “ex­tremely chal­leng­ing pe­riod”.

A spokesman said: “We are still deal­ing with the ef­fects of the Covid-19 emer­gency and the de­liv­ery of ser­vices has still to re­turn to any­thing like nor­mal.

“We have re­sumed the grass cut­ting ser­vice in part, fo­cus­ing mainly on ceme­ter­ies, cre­ma­to­ria and other key lo­ca­tions across the city.

“We also un­der­took checks at more than 400 play­parks across the city to en­sure they were safe to use prior to the na­tional re­open­ing of play equip­ment last week, in­clud­ing at Gar­nethill.

“When re­sources are avail­able we will un­der­take main­te­nance in lo­cal com­mu­nity open spa­ces such as Gar­nethill Park.

“Work is sched­uled to take place in the park this week and we will be cut­ting grass, lit­ter pick­ing and emp­ty­ing bins.

“We are grate­ful for the pa­tience shown by res­i­dents as we strive to get through this pe­riod.”

The grass is up to my knees

Gar­nethill play­park in Glas­gow City Cen­tre

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