Nextbike bike hire comes to Dennistoun
Nextbike provide a bike hire service where you can hire one of their 20,000+ bikes from any one of their stations in 14 countries. They have stations in many UK cities including Glasgow and will shortly be setting one up in Dennistoun at the corner of Duke Street at Whitehill Street making a total of 41 stations in Glasgow.
Annual Subscription for regular use is £60 with the first 30 minutes of every ride free, then 50 pence for every additional 30 minutes up to a maximum of £5 for the day. They also have a Regular Fare designed for casual use where you pay £10 for your starting credit and each hire costs £1.00 for 30 minutes up to a maximum of £10 for the day.
See Nextbike for full details
Big Plans for Alexandra Park
Cruikshank Fountain will be restored this summer with return of Cherub
Glasgow City Council invited the public to an information day at Alexandra Park on Saturday 14th March 2015. A marquee was set up within the park near the main gates. Plans were on display and Park Officers provided information on works and development being undertaken over the next 18 months.
The planned improvement works include upgrading all seven entrances to the park. Footpaths will be repaired and resurfaced where previously patched. The Saracen Fountain, previously repaired and painted in 2000 at a cost of £22000, will have major restoration.
The cherub that is presently missing from the Cruikshank Fountain at the main gates is expected to return this summer when restoration is completed to the iron fountain and plinth.
The ponds will be managed with further shrubbery added to the boat pond to encourage wildlife. Trees will be pruned back as part of long term management that better serves the park.
Additions include a running circuit and children's play facility. It is also hoped to develop a Friends of the Park group where Park Officers can provide advice and guidance with all stages of the project.
Link to Glasgow Park Management Plans:
Update: The final electronic draft of the Dennistoun Park Management Plans in pdf format requires clearance from Corporate Services at GCC, City Chambers, and it is now unlikely that the document will be available until after the General Election.
Gallowgate Twin Towers Gone by 2016
Demolition work to remove the high rise flats from the Dennistoun skyline is now apace. The 31 storey tower blocks at Whitevale Street and Bluevale Street will be removed floor by floor using a top-down procedure due to the close proximity of streets and properties.
A platform on top of the Bluevale block can clearly be seen. This allows the demolition team to remove walls and floors at that level and as work progresses the platform is lowered to the next level.
The first phase on the Bluevale block will be completed by summer 2015. The second phase on the Whitevale block will begin soon after and expected to finish by 2016.
The Gallowgate Twin Towers were the tallest residential flats when built in 1969 with the Red Road flats being the highest due to them being built on a higher level.
First For Local Kids in Biggest National Group Dance Competition
Pulse is a dance class held in St. Andrews Church Hall on Alexandra Parade. Most of the kids who attend Pulse live or go to school in Dennistoun and the surrounding area. The classes are managed by Jaqueline and Nicola Duffy, an enthusiastic mother and daughter partnership who have big plans for the future of Pulse and their team of talented dancers.
Last year (September, 2014) the Pulse dance team headed for Musselburgh to compete in the Scottish heat of the biggest group dance competition in the UK organised by Dance Design Events. They performed seven dance routines of which three were selected to go forward to the grand finals held at the Blackpool Opera House & Winter Gardens in January this year (2015).
24 Pulse dancers aged between 10 and 25 rehearsed and fund raised to get to the finals. For many of the dancers this was the chance of a lifetime as they experience competing nationally as a team and perform on stage in front of a large audience.
"These kids work so hard and have really bonded with their teachers and each other!" said a Pulse mum.
The Pulse dancers won 1st place in the mixed hip section of ‘That’s Showbiz’ Group Dance of the Year and came second overall in the adult age category.
Now the aim for the team is to compete as often as possible and fund raise to open their own studio so that Pulse can get bigger and better!
For further information on Pulse dance classes contact Nicola on 07773407749
Local Baker Expands with Cake Design Studio
Baking For You on Cumbernauld Road and facing Alexandra Park is a long established and popular bakery for the Dennistoun area. They have seen continued growth in recent years with the expansion of their premises to include a traditional Glasgow tearoom and in supplying their baked goods to other businesses in and around Glasgow.
To provide further outlets for their bakery produce they opened a takeaway in the Gorbals in April 2013 and their latest endeavour is a new takeaway in Barlanark that will open in January 2015. The Barlanark shop will not only provide them with another outlet for produce made in their Cumbernauld Road bakery but will also be their in store state of the art design studio to allow people to book appointments and design what ever cakes they desire.