Renfrewshire Council

Thomas Shanks Park

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Thomas Shanks Park

Location: junction of Beith Road and Quarrelton Road in Johnstone

The park contains play areas, a skateboard ramp and two grass football pitches.

To book the football pitches, please contact the Community Facilities team.

History

Thomas Shanks Park is named after a leading industrialist of the nineteenth century who owned a company of heavy machine toolmakers, Thomas Shanks and Company.

Little is documented about Thomas Shanks, other than that he was Johnstone's first chief magistrate and instrumental in advancing a scheme of public health work in the town. In June 1878, these works were completed at a total cost of £4,000.

At this time, Thomas's daughter, Mrs J Polson, gifted the park to the town in the name of her late father for the recreation of the local people of Johnstone.

Thomas Shanks & Co went into liquidation on 14 January 1928 but the park still remains as a testament to a noted family who lived and worked in Johnstone.