A new state-of-the-art skatepark in Port Dundas, North Glasgow, celebrated its recent launch with a day of free activities, music and performance today.
The Loading Bay, Glasgow’s newest indoor skatepark, covers 30,000 square feet and brings cutting-edge sports facilities to locals, enthusiasts and national elite athletes. As a non-profit organisation, The Loading Bay aims to increase participation in action sports by offering a free-entry program to economically disadvantaged local young people.
The launch of the park forms part of wider efforts to establish North Glasgow an emerging destination for culture, urban sports, tourism and community development. The canal-side area has been the focus of much innovative regeneration work including the Dundashill housing project, the Claypits nature reserve, investment in an integrated water management system and the refurbishment of Old Basin House.
Kicking off the event, The Loading Bay team held a series of free demo sessions and challenged local riders to a range of stunt-based competitions.
Later in the day, culture magazine The Skinny took the reins, getting the party started with live performances from Nightwave, VAJ.Power, AISHA and Bessa, and bringing over 400 party-goers to the space for Innis & Gunn and Glasgow Distillery supplied drinks and dancing.
Supported by Scottish Canals and Glasgow City Council, the park will not only act as a launch pad for local talent and increased engagement in sport, but will support investment in the canal-based area through events and cultural exchange opportunities.
Works on the £750,000 project comprised the installation of a new roof, builders work, mechanical and electrical services to prepare for the amazing skate bowl, foam pits, street plaza and café facilities constructed by Vision Ramps.
More information can be found at theloadingbayglasgow.com