As I was over in Carntyne getting a repair done on my car in one such trading estate and had four hours to wait I took myself off to the nearby Tollcross Park.
Excluding Glasgow Green, which is a park much closer to the city centre beside the River Clyde, this urban jungle of trees and meadows is a much needed and loved green oasis for the locals, sitting as it does in the heart of a built up, densely packed residential area. You have to make an effort with some form of transport to reach the countryside from these areas so this large park at around 90 acres is a real treasure to escape into. A wild tranquil place easily reached on foot.
For young children living in the area it's also a rainbow of colours and sights as it has a children's zoo stocked with a small aviary, pens holding domestic animals, rabbits and ponies.
Zebra finches at play.
During my time here numerous families passed by along with walkers out with their dogs, joggers, kite flyers, and cyclists.
http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3743 War of the roses in here.
The park was constructed and opened in Victorian times around the late 1890s and this link gives a fascinating glimpse into what it looked like then.
http://parkheadhistory.com/?page_id=2296 Some of the old coloured postcards in here are magical and give a real idea of how much this park means and has meant to generations of locals and visitors alike. A work of art and well worth a peak inside this kaleidoscope.
A substantial amount of money has been pouring into the east end recently due to the Commonwealth Games 2014 in the shape of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Athletes Village but I hope they don't forget about this green treasure when they are lavishing millions of pounds on 'sexy' modern projects.
It's just a personal opinion but I think green open spaces like this are more therapeutic and necessary to the average person in the street than fancy new designer villages that only a lucky few will get to live in so I hope they remember to create some new parks and walks in the area along with the houses. Traditionally crime has always been high in the east end of every large city but when you have places and sights like this growing up...
Ironic then that due to the expensive computer equipment and materials in newly built schools and the worlds thirst for metal they have to be surrounded by high security fencing and CCTV cameras everywhere. Don't know about you but this looks very similar to a modern prison to me. The price we pay in present day society for safety and protection I suppose. Every age has its good and bad compromises. It's probably very nice inside and I'm willing to bet the children don't get thumped with dusters or have their hands thoughtfully warmed with hard leather on cold frosty mornings.
Wonder if the village will stay the vision of utopia it is in this link ten years down the line? The only predictable thing about the future is that it's never how you think it's going to be :)