The pavilion at Knightswood Park, serving both the bowling green in the foreground and the tennis courts in the background, 1947.
Provision of amenities for leisure and recreation often lagged behind the building of houses in Glasgow housing schemes, but Knightswood fared better than most areas. The Corporation acquired 148 acres for Knightswood Park in 1929. In addition to the two bowling greens and four tennis courts, the park included a golf course, pitch and putt course, boating pond, running track and cricket pitch.
In a report in 1935, a number of wives spoke of a perceived improvement in their husbands' social habits. Bowling, tennis and golf were among the activities said to have displaced drinking at public houses as a major attraction and means of relaxation for men. The Council's ban on the opening of pubs in Knightswood must surely have been an additional factor in the trend.
Reference: D-AP 9/7/8/9
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning
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