Outdor areas given special status

Come and try tennis session.
Come and try tennis session.

As part of a Commonwealth Games legacy project 27 outdoor areas across the city have been given a special status protecting them for future generations.

The scheme instituted by Fields in Trust, a UK wide charity that safeguards greenspaces, means that use of these sites is secured, under a legal agreement, for recreation.

The arrangement with the council means that the sites will only be used as public playing fields, open spaces, parks or for recreation, leisure or sporting use.

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Frank McAveety, and Brian Samson, Chair of Fields in Trust Scotland visited Queens Park Community Tennis Club, within Queens Park, one of the protected sites, to see for themselves how future generations are making full use of the outdoor space.

Councillor Frank McAveety, said: “It’s widely acknowledged that having access to outdoor space and undertaking some level of activity has numerous mental and physical benefits for individuals and families. We were delighted to take part in this scheme to guarantee areas for people to use and enjoy now and in the future.

“And of course it’s at ‘Come and Try’ sessions like this tennis one in Queens Park that encourages young people to stay fit and active and where a passion for sport could help them develop into the sporting champions of tomorrow.”

Brian Samson, Chair of Fields in Trust Scotland, said: “Glasgow City Council are leading the way by protecting, forever such a significant proportion of its public green spaces with Fields in Trust.

At a time when there is pressure on land for housing and commercial development we applaud the decision to safeguard recreational space for future generations and provide opportunities for families and the wider community of Glasgow to enjoy time outdoors. Access to parks and playgrounds contributes to physical health, mental wellbeing and community cohesion resulting in more active and longer, healthier lives.”

Founded in 1925 by King George V, Fields in Trust work to ensure that all citizens have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation. The charity strives to promote active lifestyles through the protection and promotion of greenspace.