A CUTTING-EDGE skatepark facility is set to opens its doors in the north of Glasgow as part of the regeneration of the city’s canals.

State-of-the-art site, The Loading Bay, will become the city’s newest skatepark, covering 30,000 square feet and run as a non-profit organisation.

Supported by Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council, as well European landscape experts idverde and Glasgow-based designers Vision Ramps, The Loading Bay aims to increase participation in action sports by offering a free-entry program to economically disadvantaged local youths.

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The £750,000 project, which saw the old warehouse site transformed, means the community now has skate bowl, foam pits, street plaza and café facilities.

Founder of Vision Ramps, John Bailey, said: “We’re so happy to be establishing such an innovative and accessible space, just ten minutes from Glasgow city centre. We hope that the park will inspire a new generation of riders.”

Scottish Canals supported the development of the skatepark as part of wider efforts to regenerate the area surrounding the canal.

It is hoped The Loading Bay will attract locals, enthusiasts and national elite athletes to the site, with one of those helping to launch the project.

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Alex Donnachie, the first Scottish athlete ever to win a gold medal at X Games, performed BMX demonstrations for attendees alongside other professional skaters and bike riders.

Catherine Topley, chief executive of Scottish Canals, said: “We recognise the unique opportunity that investment in our canal-based estates brings to the community in Port Dundas.

“We’re confident that the launch of this amazing skatepark will establish an active community of skaters and riders in this emerging destination.”