Glasgow City Council is set to embark upon a major project to improve the ground conditions at Bellahouston Park to protect the park for use by the general public and also as an events space.
Following the wettest August on record last year, the part of Bellahouston Park used for events was closed off to the public due to flooding and damage to the ground. The intended works will cover the date for the Hella Mega Tour with Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer on June 24 and also two other events which are still to be announced by music promoters, DF Concerts.
Glasgow Green will now play host to these events in June while the groundworks are being completed at Bellahouston Park. Details on the two other concerts will be announced in due course by DF Concerts.
A spokesman for the council said: “Our plans for Bellahouston Park will significantly improve the ground conditions within the park. The natural landscape within the park creates a bowl-effect where water can collect. But our investigations also identified high levels of clay and silt just under the surface, which affects the speed at which rain water can drain away.
“It is intended that the improvements will channel rain water away from the previously affected area. The interventions will help to ensure the impact of any events within the park is greatly minimised, which will improve its amenity for park users. But it will also provide confidence that the park will remain as an attractive and reliable events space.
“While this work is underway, three concerts initially planned for Bellahouston Park by DF Concerts will take place at Glasgow Green. We will be engaging with the local community around Glasgow Green as part of the multi-agency group that supports the delivery of major outdoor events within the city.”
A Community Drop-in Session has been confirmed to take place at Saint Luke’s venue on Bain Street on 19th February, 5pm-7:30pm. Residents living close to Glasgow Green will have the opportunity to come along and chat to representatives from DF Concerts, the event traffic, security, and noise management teams, as well as representatives from Police Scotland and Glasgow City Council, about the planning of the events.
DF Concerts will be running a local resident ticket ballot for the shows that are taking place at Glasgow Green in June. All residents who live within the local vicinity of Glasgow Green will receive information on this from DF Concerts in due course.
The work to Bellahouston Park is scheduled to be completed in time for the Glasgow Summer Sessions concerts to go ahead at the end of August.
DF Concerts will ensure all ticket buyers for the Hella Mega Tour are made aware of the change of venue. DF Concerts has also indicated that ticket buyers don’t need to take any action as they will still receive their tickets closer to the event.