On your average day, Glasgow Green might appear to be the plainest of the city’s many park spaces. Huge in size but relatively bare it doesn’t pull in the picnickers in the same way as Kelvingrove or Pollok Country Park. It is, however, home to some of the city’s biggest treasures.
The oldest park in Glasgow can boast the People’s Palace; the world’s largest terracotta fountain; a proud Nelson’s Monument (yes, there’s more than one) and a magnificently designed replica of the Doge’s Palace in Venice. The Victorian sandstone Palace is really something and takes a look at the social history of Glasgow going back to the 12th Century. Look out for the attached gigantic winter garden that is an exotic escape on cold winter days.
I used to live in a flat overlooking the park and I feel Glasgow Green is my favourite for running, with the long flat distances and well-kept tracks perfect for sport. As it’s located alongside the River Clyde there’s also frequently rowing training being performed on the water.
The Green is also the park of choice for major events. Concerts and firework displays are regular and this summer alone the Radio 1′s Big Weekend and many of the Commonwealth Games gatherings and performances have been held here. Its rather sparse appearance could not be further from the reality when these guys rock up. It was tough moving out of that flat…