King's Park, Glasgow
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King's Park is a residential area, with a mixture of semi-detached houses, flats (including cottage flats) and luxury detached houses. It is a ten- to twenty-minute bus or rail journey from Glasgow city centre.
Named after the medium-sized park which it contains and spotted with green areas, much of King's Park is situated on an incline which overlooks Scotland's national stadium Hampden Park on one side, and the tower blocks of Castlemilk on the other.
The local 9-hole golf course is notable for being dug into a hillside 20-35° steep in some places. It is now closed and is used as an area of common ground. The golf course, and much of the park itself is actually located in neighbouring Croftfoot.
As of 2005, it has a population of 14,552 residents. The ethnic makeup is approximately 98% White, 0.8% Asian, 0.6% Oriental and 0.6% mixed race.
King's Park Secondary School in nearby Simshill is the local non-denominational comprehensive. The area is also served by Holyrood Secondary School, a Roman Catholic school and the largest secondary education institute in Europe. Other schools in the area include King's Park and Croftfoot Primary schools, St Fillans primary school and St Mirin's primary school.
The "King's Park" after which the area is named features the landmark, Aikenhead House. Designed by the architect David Hamilton it was built in 1806 for the West Indies merchant and prominent Glasgow Tory, John Gordon.
A scrapbook entitled Old Glasgow Street Songs etc and dated to 1850 at the Mitchell Library contains the song: The Dairy Maids Of Hundred-Acre Hill. This hill can be found in modern-day King's Park.