"My first memory of the Gardens - bursting for a pee when my mum had taken me down town shopping and going into a lovely tiled toilet with a shiny new 2 pence piece to put in the slot (it hadn't been changed over to decimalisation and worked the same as an old penny).  There was a lady there ready with a jay cloth as soon as I finished (for the toilet, not me) and was the cleanest place outside my home I had been to.  It didn't take much for my sister and me to persuade mum to let us run around on the grass down in the gardens and it seemed in my young mind to be a long way from the city centre.  Fast forward a decade and the Gardens were the "cool" place to meet friends, C&A's doorway being crammed.  We would be meeting to go shopping, but usually ended up, weather permitting, sitting on the grass talking.  Another decade and it's the first place I saw the Lorelei, and various other new Aberdeen bands in a big white tent.  A lot of fringe events happened there in the early '90s and all for minimal spends (vital for students) and I don't remember there being anything other than a fantastic atmosphere. And then.....well nothing really.  Rumour abounded that the gardens were just used by ne'er do wells and looking down on it, I could believe it.  It became a bit, well, shabby.  You could tell just by looking at them that they were well down the list of priorities.  And the lovely toilets were closed so if you were caught short down town, you had to buy a coffee or a pint to get to one. Now the Gardens are reawakening - it's like discovering the Secret Garden.  My son and daughter already have their first memories of the park now and I sincerely hope that their children will too." Sarah Grant, NHS Administrator, Peterculter. 7/7/2010

"I remember going to Union Terrace Gardens to watch bands play in the 90's. It's a great place to entertain and be entertained, almost shaped like a amphitheatre. Then they closed the public toilets and these events had to stop - such a shame. If there was more going on down in the gardens, more people would use them - even a coffee shop, re-vamped toilets and a ramp for better access would make a huge difference - but the important thing is that the beautiful gardens should be preserved. One of my favourite things about UTG are the huge granite stairways and the view of the theatre from down in the gardens. Aberdeen is really lucky to have this green space right in the heart of the busy city. It's a lovely place to go at lunchtime with the kids to get away from the busy streets and meet up with friends. Why anyone would want to take this gem away from Aberdeen is beyond me." Lindsay Allardyce, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire. 6/7/2010