People carrying alcohol will be prevented from entering Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park on Friday, with temperatures predicted to soar to 28C.
Council staff and police officers are working together in a bid to curb crime and anti-social behaviour within the park.
A large crowd of people was dispersed from the park in late June after contravening local bylaws banning the public consumption of alcohol.
Earlier this month, ten of the park’s 16 gates were locked by the council, who said the move was aimed at ensuring better access management.
Local authorities anticipate a large turnout at Kelvingrove Park on Friday due to the warm weather.
But people carrying alcohol will be refused entry or told to dump it in specially provided bins before entering.
“Much of this unacceptable behaviour has been fuelled by alcohol and it has created an atmosphere that is intimidating and unwelcoming to many residents who regularly use the park.”George Gillespie, Executive Director for Glasgow City Council
George Gillespie, Executive Director for Glasgow City Council, said: “Kelvingrove Park is there for everyone to enjoy, but we have been very concerned about recent reports from the park of violence, anti-social behaviour and a frequent refusal to follow physical distancing rules during the Covid emergency.
“Much of this unacceptable behaviour has been fuelled by alcohol and it has created an atmosphere that is intimidating and unwelcoming to many residents who regularly use the park.”
Mr Gillespie said the presence of officers at entry points will help to ensure the park is a safe place for all people to visit.
He said: “The simple message is that if you come to the park with alcohol you won’t get in. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy Kelvingrove Park, but alcohol should be left behind.
“Like any other open space in the city, anyone who is found to be drinking alcohol within the park is liable to receive a fine from the police.”
“Officers will be visible and accessible to park users should they need police assistance.”Ross Allan, Superintendent
The council is working with Police Scotland to prevent a repeat of previous anti-social behaviour seen in the park earlier this summer.
Superintendent Ross Allan said: “Officers will be visible and accessible to park users should they need police assistance.
“We would like to remind anyone planning on visiting the park that alcohol is not permitted and, should incidents of antisocial behaviour take place, then those responsible will be dealt with robustly.”