The left sign states:
Wildlife Interpretation Area – 100m
Scottish poetry Rose Garden – 150m
Glasshouses – 430m
The right sign states:
Boating Pond – 160m
Children’s Play Area – 260m
Tennis, Bowling, Pitch and Putt – 820m
I suppose the first thing that struck me was the fact that I was so far away from everything! In fact, I must have been in the most remote part of the entire park, even though and oddly enough, I had just walked in from Pollokshaws Road — and was very close to (a) the public toilets, (b) the main bus routes, (c) the Taxi Rank, and (d) Goals – a bunch of 5-a-side football pitches — yet none of these were deemed important enough to put on these signs.
The next thing that occurred to me was the lack of symbols, icons, logos or signs — and for the lack of foreign language alternatives. One has to assume then that the park is meant to be visited by English readers only. Mind you, all the distances were in metres, so one has to wonder what is going on. The tennis was half-a-mile away! The signs may as well have been — I had to put on my spectacles to catch the gist of them. Thank goodness it wasn’t dusk yet.
There were five (very small) symbols next to the Glasshouse (so one would assume that they pertained to facilities offered at the Glasshouse). That said, I could make out a basket, a teacup, possibly two people, a disabled access symbol, and what might mean baby-changing facilities. The teacup might mean there’s a cafe, and the basket might mean “shop” (but I had to think about that one), the other three simply mean “toilet” — 430 metres away — and yet there are public toilets almost next to this sign! Goals have toilets and a cafe too — as does the main road!
I almost laughed at the thought of some poor wheelchair-bound person craning their neck up to see the sign, and then heading off 430 metres to the Glasshouse to “spend a penny” — then I remembered that the route to the Glasshouse is a gruellingly steep hill that famously kills unwary joggers!
Then you stop and ask yourself — what the heck is a “Wildlife Interpretation Area”? It was only 100 metres away, so I thought I would see for myself — but I couldn’t find it (whatever it was)! Same with the Scottish poetry Rose Garden (although quite why the poetry didn’t merit a capital “P” is unclear).
At the end of the day, though, the signs are too high, too green and too wordy. I’ve seen people asking by-passers for directions to the glasshouse right beneath these signs!
Things are getting worse when we put up with nonsense like this — the signs should be clearer, have useful information, and be prominently located. The main feature of the Glasshouse is the children’s soft play area, and the creatures from around the world. The farmer’s market is located that the Victoria Road entrance, so the signs ought to point out which way that is. The signs should point out the entrances and exits, all toilets, pay phones, picnic areas, allotments, the band stand, flagpole and hill 16, and the park-keepers’ office. It might be a good idea to have a waste bin below, possible a police or park phone number, and some translations or symbols. It might also be a good idea to have the rules posted nearby too! (see article “Queen’s Park“)