As part of the Victoria Park Working Group a key activity has been compiling and collating various bits of information in one place for all the stakeholders to access. Some of this information has been used to create a timeline for the Park, a short version of which is included in the Victoria Park Update Report.

The timeline provides a useful overview of the key developments and events in the park, particularly over the past decade or so.

Information at the start marked * has been sourced from Victoria Park Heritage Trail leaflet. Approximate dates are indicated by ??. Weblinks to the source of the information have been provided in the end notes.

You can download the timeline here DRCET_VictoriaPark_Timeline_May2018

The working group has been facilitated by Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET), a local environmental charity – www.dumbartonroad.com

Acronyms used: GCC – Glasgow City Council; FoVP – Friends of Victoria Park; WCC – Whiteinch Community Council

Timeline

  • 1885 – land for Victoria Park acquired *[ii]
  • 1886 – construction started *
  • 1885 – fossils unearthed *
  • 1887 – Victoria Park formally opened by the Lord Provost of Glasgow Sir Andrew McLean on the 2nd July *
  • 1890 – Fossil Grove building opened * [iii]
  • 1900 – Partick Curling Club clubhouse formally opened * [iv]
  • 1960s – South East corner of the park lost to the construction of the interchange of the Clydeside Expressway and Clyde Tunnel *
  • 1986 – Fossil Grove designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) [v]
  • 1989 – Fossil Grove Trust established as a charity [vi]
  • Early 1990s?? – last time blaes pitches used
  • 2004?? – proposal to turn blaes pitches into car park for Scotstoun Leisure Centre
  • 2005 – GCC published the ‘Strategic Best Value Review of Parks and Open Spaces’ [vii]
  • Mar 2006 – Victoria Park added to Historic Environment Scotland’s Inventory of Designed Gardens and Landscapes [viii]
  • 2007 – Management of the Fossil Grove transferred from Glasgow Museums to GCC Land and Environmental Services [ix]
  • Jun 2008 – Scottish Natural Heritage Fossil Grove Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) site management statement [x]
  • 2009 – Friends of Victoria Park (FoVP) set up [xi]
  • May 2010 – Fossil Grove Trust re-convened [xii] [xiii]
  • Nov 2011 – GCC Open Space Strategy consultation launched [xiv]
  • 2012 – Fossil Grove Trust Heritage Lottery Fund application developed [xv]
  • Aug 2012 – GCC Victoria Park Development and Management Plan consultation launched
  • Sep 2012 – WCC Victoria Park 125th anniversary commemoration event [xvi]
  • 2013 – GCC Victoria Park development and management plan 2013-2018 published including consultation responses (223 responses)
  • Feb 2013 – GCC Vacant Buildings in Parks report [xvii]
  • Mar 2013?? – FoVP orchard proposal developed and submitted to GCC
  • Sep 2013 – Jubilee Gates refurbished [xviii]
  • Sep 2013 – GCC Victoria Park blaes feasibility study (Ryden commissioned by GCC)
  • Feb 2014 – Fossil Grove community consultation event [xix]
  • Apr 2014 – FoVP EGM – Brian Butler presentation ‘The Vision for Glasgow’s Parks’ [xx]
  • Apr 2014 – Bill Kidd MSP ‘Future of Victoria Park’ survey [xxi]
  • Jul 2014 – Bill Kidd MSP survey report published (734 responses)
  • Jul 2014 – Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton relay (Day 38) ends in Victoria Park [xxii]
  • Aug 2014 – WCC Commonwealth Connections event [xxiii]
  • Aug 2014 – blaes pitches put up for lease by Ryden Property, on behalf of GCC [xxiv]
  • Sep 2014 – FoVP Arms around the Park event [xxv] [xxvi]
  • Sep 2014 – Three proposals submitted for park – FoVP orchard and cycle track; Broomhill Sports Club sports pitches; Victoria Park Residents Association grassed area [xxvii] [xxviii] [xxix]
  • Oct 2014 – The Battle for Victoria Park blog by local resident [xxx]
  • Jan 2015 – WCC Victoria Park public meeting [xxxi]
  • Feb 2015 – GCC Victoria Park blaes pitches consultation launched [xxxii]
  • Feb 2015 – STV Glasgow website article on blaes pitch consultation [xxxiii]
  • Feb 2015 – Victoria Park Residents Association public meeting [xxxiv]
  • Mar 2015 – GCC Vacant Buildings in Parks update report [xxxv]
  • Jul 2016 – Jordanhill Community Council and Victoria Park Residents Associaiton publish ‘Victoria Park and Open Spaces Community Plan’ [xxxvi]
  • Jul 2016 – GCC blaes pitches consultation report published (1468 responses) [xxxvii]
  • Sep 2016 – GCC launches 2 year Parks and Green Spaces consultation launched [xxxviii]
  • Nov 2016 – GCC Victoria Park community placemaking event EKOS started [xxxix] [xl]
  • Jan 2017 – GCC Parks and Green Spaces Strategy stage 2 report [xli]
  • Feb 2017 – EKOS Community Placemaking draft action plan and development plan published [xlii]
  • Mar 2017 – Victoria Park working group established facilitated by Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET) [xliii]
  • May 2017 – New Victoria Park electoral ward comes into effect [xliv]
  • Jun 2017 – Historic Environment Scotland fossil grove mineralogical sampling report [xlv]
  • Jan 2018 – Victoria Park Working Group develops into the Victoria Park Action Group, with an aim to establish a new organisation to take forward the Development Plan for the park. [xlvi]
  • May 2018 – Victoria Park Update Report published [xlvii]

Compiled by:

Neil Lovelock, DRCET Project Manager, May 2018

[i] Victoria Park Update Report https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/victoria-park-update-report-published/

[ii] Victoria Park Heritage Trail leaflet https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=16597

[iii] Fossil Grove information https://www.geologyglasgow.org.uk/geoconservation/rigs/fossil-grove/

[iv] Partick Curling Club http://www.partickcurlingclub.co.uk/

[v] Fossil Grove SSSI designation http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/sitelink/siteinfo.jsp?pa_code=654

[vi] Fossil Grove Trust entry on charity register https://www.oscr.org.uk/about-charities/search-the-register/charity-details?number=SC012033#results

[vii] GCC Parks and Open Spaces Best Value review http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=31886&p=0

[viii] Historic Environment Scotland’s Inventory of Designed Gardens and Landscapes http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/GDL00382

[ix] Fossil Grove management https://www.geologyglasgow.org.uk/news/article/concerns-about-the-condition-of-the-fossil-grove-glasgow/

[x] SNH SSSI register fossil grove entry http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/sitelink/siteinfo.jsp?pa_code=654

[xi] Friends of Victoria Park https://fovp.weebly.com/

[xii] Fossil Grove Trust reconvened https://www.geologyglasgow.org.uk/news/article/concerns-about-the-condition-of-the-fossil-grove-glasgow/

[xiii] Fossil Grove Trust https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=21441

[xiv] GCC Open Space Strategy consultation https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/open-space-strategy-for-glasgow-have-your-say/

[xv] Fossil Grove Heritage Lottery bid https://www.geologyglasgow.org.uk/news/article/concerns-about-the-condition-of-the-fossil-grove-glasgow/

[xvi] 125th celebrations https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/victoria-park-125-years-young/

[xvii] GCC Vacant buildings in parks http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/councillorsandcommittees/viewDoc.asp?c=P62AFQ81ZL0GUT2U

[xviii] Refurbished Jubilee Gates https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/new-main-gate-at-victoria-park/

[xix] Fossil Grove consultation event https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/fossil-grove-community-consultation-event/

[xx] FoVP EGM https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/friends-of-victoria-park-egm/

[xxi] Bill Kidd MSP survey http://www.billkiddmsp.org/news-archive/268-vicotria-park-s-future

[xxii] Commonwealth Games baton relay http://www.glasgow2014.com/celebrate/queens-baton-relay/follow-baton/glasgow-0

[xxiii] Commonwealth Connections event https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/commonwealth-connections-going-for-gold/

[xxiv] Blaes pitches put up for lease https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/victoria-park-blaes-pitches-up-for-rent/

[xxv] Arms around the park event https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/arms-around-the-park/

[xxvi] Arms around the Park event http://www.fovp-glasgow.co.uk/arms-around-the-park-event/

[xxvii] FoVP orchard proposal http://www.fovp-glasgow.co.uk/our-orchard-proposal/

[xxviii] Broomhill Sports Club proposal https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/victoria-park-development-proposals/

[xxix] Victoria Park Residents Association http://www.jordanhillcommunitycouncil.org.uk/vpra-meetings.html

[xxx] The Battle for Victoria Park blog https://cuilbay.com/2014/10/10/the-battle-for-victoria-park/

[xxxi] Public meeting https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/victoria-park-blaes-pitches-public-meeting/

[xxxii] Blaes pitch consultation https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx?strTab=PublicDMartCompleted&NoIP=1

[xxxiii] STV Glasgow article http://glasgow.stv.tv/articles/309228-public-consulted-over-future-of-west-end-victoria-park-blaes/

[xxxiv] Victoria Par Residents Association public meeting http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=27862&p=0

[xxxv] Vacant Buildings in Parks update report http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/councillorsandcommittees/viewDoc.asp?c=P62AFQUTNTT10GNT

[xxxvi] Victoria Park and Open Spaces Community Plan http://www.jordanhillcommunitycouncil.org.uk/vic.html

[xxxvii] Blaes pitches consultation report https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/victoria-park-blaes-pitches-consultion-report-published/

[xxxviii] Parks and Green Spaces consultation https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/parks-and-greenspaces-consultation-workshops/

[xxxix] Victoria Park community placemaking https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/victoria-park-community-placemaking-event/

[xl] Victoria Park community placemaking https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=20509

[xli] Parks and Greenspaces report https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/parks-and-greenspaces-report/

[xlii] Victoria Park community placemaking reports https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=20509

[xliii] Victoria Park working group https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=20509

[xliv] New Victoria Park electoral ward https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/new-victoria-park-ward-created/

[xlv] Fossil Grove Trust https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=21441

[xlvi] Victoria Park Action Group https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=20509

[xlvii] Victoria Park Update Report https://dumbartonroad.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/victoria-park-update-report-published/