1092 Maryhill Road, Glasgow G20 9TD
1874, 2009, 2016, : 2009 - Macpherson and Bell; Simon Bell Lead Architect, 2016 – Threesixty Architecture
Founded in 1874 as "East Park Home for Infirm Children", the charity now provides education and supported accommodation to young people as well as a young adult’s service for young people aged 18-25years. All of the children and young people supported at East Park have complex additional support needs and challenging behaviours. East Park have purpose built state of the art facilities to enable them to support their children and young people.
It was during the reign of Queen Victoria that East Park first opened its doors on 16 September 1874 following the purchase and refurbishment of a cottage in Maryhill.
Founded by William Mitchell LLD, East Park provided care for children who would benefit from residential nursing care and education, nourishment and fresh country air away from the smoky city, insanitary conditions and unfortunate family circumstances in which they lived. Children were admitted with paralysis, hip, spine and knee joint diseases with rickets being a widespread problem. Due to advances in medical knowledge, immunisation and developed society, the majority if not all of these conditions have been eliminated. Today, all of the children who use our services have complex learning disabilities, health related problems and/or a diagnosis of severe autism.
East Park has developed and evolved over the years. A new respite and family support unit was built in 1999. Four high specification purpose-built residential houses in the local community with single occupancy bedrooms allows our young people to live a socially valued and fulfilling life. In 2010, a new school consisting of seven state of the art classrooms and facilities were built to create an effective learning environment for both the children and staff. More recently, East Park found the need for their respite service was becoming less apparent in comparison to the requests for specialised living areas. Therefore, in 2016, two new purpose-built intensive support residential houses were built which included individual livings areas, bathrooms and bedrooms as well as five new intensive support individual classrooms.
Since inception, East Park’s location in the heart of Maryhill is significant in that we have always been an integral part of the local community.
As a survivor of two World Wars, East Park has gone from strength to strength. Much of our success has been our ability to recognise and respond to changing societal needs, evolving education and social care policy and legislation and develop our services to meet those needs.
Sat & Sun, 9am-pm
Tour times: 9am - 5pm; 30 mins
Meeting point: Reception Area
Booking not essential
Accessibility: Fully Accessible
Facilities: Seating, Toilet, Wheelchair Accessible Toilet, Refreshments
Parking: on street free parking available