Phew! It's already shaping up to be a scorcher today, so why not make the most of it by visiting your local park?

Elder Park paddling pond, 1938 (Herald and Times Group)Deer green place - the Elder Park herd, early 1900sExotic attraction - the llamas in the park

Back in the day, if you couldn't afford a beach break, you could always join the paddling and sandcastle crew at Govan's Elder Park. Seen here in 1938, truly, all life is here in this very busy pic.

Come sundown, lines of reluctant kids, all soggy socks and sandy feet, would traipse reluctantly home for their tea; waving goodbye to their pals at the close mouth, with the shout of 'See ya ra-morrow’.

Elder Park opened on this day in 1885.

In 1883 Isabella Elder, the wealthy widow of shipbuilder John Elder, purchased 37 acres of ground on Govan Road, opposite the family’s Fairfield yard, and commissioned John Honeyman to lay out a park there. She gifted Elder Park to the Burgh of Govan in 1885.

The park was intended solely for “healthful recreation by music and amusements,” and no ball games were to be permitted there.

No worries; in the early 1900s, if you couldn’t have a kickabout, you could visit the park’s herd of red deer or take a look at a pair of exotic llamas.

Now, is that an ice-cream van I can hear in the distance?