A new state-of-the-art skatepark will be opening its doors in Port Dundas, North Glasgow.
The Loading Bay, Glasgow’s newest indoor skatepark, covers 30,000 square feet and will bring 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 youths.
Internationally acclaimed company Vision Ramps, along with Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council and idverde who backed the project, held a launch event for supporters at the park today (7 November), which will be followed up by a large public celebration in the New Year.
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.
Vision Ramps founder John Bailey said: ‘Vision Ramps was born out of a love of riding bikes and bringing the imaginations of some of the best riders in the world to life. 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. The Glasgow Canal Project includes the Dundashill housing project, investment in an integrated water management system, and refurbishment of Old Basin House, among other works.
Catherine Topley, Chief Executive at 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, which is already home to many grass-roots and national cultural organisations, cutting edge sports activities and Scotland’s first urban nature reserve, the Claypits’.
The former warehouse site was transformed under the management of main contractor idverde. 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.
Stuart Dillett, Managing Director at idverde, said:
‘This project shows that when you bring fun and creativity to the table, it’s easy to transform spaces and build something new. Working to develop this urban landscape with skaters and bike riders in mind has been an exciting experience and we hope it can be enjoyed by a wide variety of people in Glasgow’.
The Loading Bay is located at 100 Borron Street, in Port Dundas. The area forms part of Canal ward, which is represented by SNP councillor, Allan Gow.
Councillor Allan Gow said: ‘It is fantastic to see the opening of the Loading Bay skatepark, a facility that adds to the attraction of the area as both a destination for urban and water sport, and a cultural quarter. The council was pleased to both provide funding for the project and work with our partners in the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership to deliver the skatepark. The opening of the skatepark is another development in what are exciting times for Glasgow’s Canal and North Glasgow, with the promise of much more to come for the area through other projects in areas such as Sighthill, Hamiltonhill and Cowlairs’.
More information can be found at theloadingbayglasgow.com
Note for editors
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 skatepark, live show and video content designs, productions and builds.
Find out more at visionramps.com
Scottish Canals is the custodian of Scotland’s 250-year-old public canal network. They work to conserve the canals and their surrounding areas as part of Scotland’s national heritage, and transform them to play a vital role in Scotland today.
Find out more at scottishcanals.co.uk
Idverde is the leading green service provider in the UK, and part of the European family of idverde companies, operating in France, the Netherlands and the UK.
They provide services across the whole of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
idverde creates and maintains landscapes all over the UK. Those landscapes could be a public park, the grounds of a corporate headquarters, a parish green, highway verges, trees and woodland, nature reserves, hard landscaping in town and city centres, retail parks, canal and river banks, airports and even an oil refinery.
Find out more at idverde.co.uk