Access to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park restricted for summer

Glasgow City Council is locking ten gates at the popular park in a bid to control large gatherings.

Access to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park restricted for summer

Access to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park is to be restricted for the rest of the summer.

In an effort to control large gatherings during lockdown, the city’s council has moved to close ten gates which are entrance and exit points to the popular park.

Six key access points from the north, south, east and west of the park are to remain.

These are at Kelvingrove Street, Kelvin Way (south), Eldon Street underpass for the NCN 756, Eldon Street, Park Gate and the Royal Terrace for NCN 756.

The decision comes following a spate of incidents in the West End park which has hosted huge crowds on sunny weekends during lockdown.

Last month, dozens of police officers were forced to disperse crowds from the area.

Police officers have also been assaulted during incidents at the park.

On days when large gatherings are anticipated, council officers are to be stationed at entrance points to remind visitors of park management rules, including prohibition of alcohol and keeping the park clean.

Following recent trouble, anyone entering the park with alcohol is to be refused entry, the council say.

Mobile CCTV is also to be improved at Kelvingrove, while discussions are ongoing about adding to the park’s four permanent CCTV cameras.

Councillor Anna Richardson, city convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said: “Going to the park has been a real lifeline during the Covid-19 emergency and throughout lockdown Kelvingrove Park has remained as one of Glasgow’s favourite green spaces.

“Closing gates at Kelvingrove is the last thing we wanted to do, but we have to ensure the park remains a place that everyone can enjoy and feels safe going there.

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