BigArturo, I remember playing on the black ash pitches a few times and, as you said, it was not an enjoyable experience at all. The black ash would become engrained in your feet and legs for days. There were also sizeable chunks of black stones lurking just under the top layer – a thoroughly unpleasant playing surface.
There's a good article about the history of Glenconner Park here:
The park, however, remains. Glenconner Park was gifted by Sir Charles to the City of Glasgow with one, overriding condition: that it should remain a green space. A handwritten disposition sets out his wishes. "No building or structures of any kind shall at any time be erected on the said portion of ground, except such as may be required or desirable for the more full use and enjoyment as aforesaid of the park and recreation ground." And so it has been ever since. http://news.scotsman.com/magnuslinklater/L...land.2669850.jp
Generations of Royston residents have enjoyed its football pitches, bowling greens, playgrounds and trees. And so, one might have imagined, it would remain. Glasgow's own strategic review of parks and open spaces, published this year, upheld the conservation of its small parks "to provide tranquillity, repose and recreation for our citizens". ...