The fair pavilion

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AMBITIOUS plans to refurbish Rouken Glen park’s pavilion have been published.

And locals are being invited to view the proposals housed in the current building.

The £188,000 proposal would see more windows put in, make the site more user-friendly and the building energy efficient.

Gerald Levin, chairman of the Friends of Rouken Glen Park (FRGP), said: “These exciting plans for the pavilion retain the character of the building but would make it a much more attractive centre and a focal point for visitors to the park.

“I would certainly encourage people to have a look at the plans and make their suggestions”.

The renovations to the pavilion — first built in 1910 — form part of the Heritage Lottery Fund project for the regeneration of the park.

It was announced in December an application to the HLF by East Renfrewshire council in partnership with the FRGP group had been given a first round pass that could lead to a £2m award.

The pavilion proposals are the first to be put forward in detail under the scheme.

ERC planning manager, Sharon McMurtrie, also urged visitors to inspect the plans.

She said: “The aim is to make the pavilion a more usable space for a mix of activities and where exhibitions can be held with information about the park will be available.

“We would like to restore the previous character of the building by putting in more windows along the front to allow more natural light in.

“The architects from CRPG Ltd have provided a number of options in the plans and I would be keen to hear from people who use the park which of these they would prefer”.

Sharon added: “Detailed plans are currently being prepared for the restoration of other major features in the park — including the boating pond, the walled garden and the glen path — all projects we hope will be financed by the HLF award if we are successful in our bid”.

Meanwhile, FRGP have announced its first spring event, a geology walk on April 27.

Dr John Faithful, of Glasgow’s Hunterian museum, will provide evidence the park was once covered in a tropical swamp and later frozen solid in the Ice Age.

The free walk will begin outside Boaters Cafe, off Davieland Road, at 6.45pm.