Saturday, 23 October 2010

Ruchill Park

Welcome to my wee photoblog on Glasgow, where we feature the joys and unjoys of walking and cycling through a fascinating, beautiful and often badly run city. For the blog's origin and an alphabetical list of posts see the 'Introduction' post -
Today we are in Ruchill Park, a park we have reached by ascending to the top of Firhill Rd on a bright Autumn day; see
Ruchill Park was acquired for the people of Glasgow in 1892.  Tbe council site says
''The park was purchased by the city fathers of the time to give the large working class population who resided in the tenemental properties of the North/North West of Glasgow, which had no gardens, a green oasis for leisure and recreation.'
The history of city parks in  the 19th century is a fascinating one. They were seen by social reformers as civilising influences on the lower orders. The American evangelist Henry Ward Beecher hoped that public parks would promote 'gentle thoughts and grateful silence among the urban proletariat'. Mr Beecher never made it to Ruchill.

A lost football

I underexposed several pics

Quite like this though. . .
. . .this. . . 
. . .and this
The top of Ruchill Park is one of the best viewpoints in the city

Underneath the flagpole; a nice quiet spot for a wee read

A befungused tree 

Something underway  beside this playground

Modern (and quite discreet) standing stones. For the remarkable Sighthill Stone Circle see

Lansdowne church spire  in the foreground, and  the four Park towers in the  background. See Kelvinbridge and Park in

Partick Thistle floodlight behind the curving roof

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Back on Firhill Rd

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