The Loading Bay Launch Party

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.

We recognise the unique opportunity that investment in our canal-based estates brings to the urban playground of 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, which is already home to many grass-roots and national cultural organisations. The space itself has so much potential and the atmosphere at the event today is electric’.

‘We hope that today marks the beginning of a new hobby for the young people attending taster sessions, offering fun and friendship as well as a host of health and wellbeing benefits. For Scottish Canals the park forms part of the ongoing evolution of North Glasgow, and it’s great to see such a buzz about the area. We hope that by bringing a new audience to the park today, we’ve opened a whole host of people’s eyes to the opportunities, fun and sport that is available at Port Dundas’.

Catherine Topley, Chief Executive at Scottish Canals

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.

This event is an amazing opportunity to showcase action sports to a new audience. At the Loading Bay we want skateboarding, BMX and all other action sports disciplines to be accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. We are fortunate to be part of a scene that welcomes new people and nurtures progression at any level, the main goal being to have fun! The free taster sessions serve to showcase our amazing facilities and services which include our healthy-eating cafe and lessons’.

Phil Wilson, Centre Manager at The Loading Bay

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.

Tom McCarthy at The Skinny said: ‘We were really excited by the proposition of working with The Loading Bay to host this event. The park is such a unique space, from the cavernous space of the skate bowl to the more intimate cafe it is a flexible space that is brimming with potential. Our readers are passionate about cultural discovery and the fantastic performers that have assembled for tonight speak to the park’s potential as a thriving cultural hub, only 10 minutes from the city centre.’

Tom McCarthy, The Skinny

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

Notes to Editors

Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the Union, Monkland, Forth & Clyde, Crinan and Caledonian Canals. As well as the waterways themselves, Scottish Canals care for bridges, buildings, locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland. The reservoirs cover an area equivalent to 7,494 football pitches and supply the canals with the 332 million litres of water which flow through them each day.

The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles. The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year.

For more information, visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals on Twitter. Find out more at scottishcanals.co.uk

The Skinny

Scotland’s free, monthly magazine covering all things cultural with a grassroots focus, The Skinny has offered an independent take on cultural life in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee since 2005.

As well as its flagship magazine, The Skinny celebrates creativity through its online presence, live events, and special projects with collaborators including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Kelburn Garden Party and Ace & Tate. Pick up a copy of The Skinny at venues across Scotland, or visit theskinny.co.uk

Vision Ramps

Born out of a love of riding bikes and bringing the imaginations of some of the best riders in the world to life, Vision Ramps was founded by John Bailey, George Eccleston and Dave Sowerby in 2011.

Now based out of Glasgow, John and George work with a renowned group of skilled designers and craftspeople to bring the most exciting visions to life. From RedBull’s most watched online video ever to some of the UK’s most admired skateparks, Vision Ramps are proud to be behind a raft of daring and innovative productions and builds, including The Loading Bay.

Find out more at visionramps.com

For further information, please contact:

Media contact:

Lisa Clark
Email: lisa.clark@scottishcanals.co.uk
Tel:   01413547555
Mob: 07976556085

Josie Saunders
Email: Josie.Saunders@scottishcanals.co.uk
Tel:   01413547555
Mob: 07881816283

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