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Glasgow’s first indoor skatepark set to roll into city

23/05/2019

The £500,000 project, being led by Scottish Canals, Scottish Waterways Trust and The Millennium Link Trust with funding from the FCC Scottish Action Fund, Glasgow City Council, and Avondale Environmental through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, will transform a disused warehouse into a state-of-the-art skatepark – to be known as The Loading Bay – that will cater for amateur and elite athletes alike.

Set to become one of the largest and most-advanced skateparks in the country, The Loading Bay will feature the UK’s only ‘super tramp’ – a colossal trampoline used for practicing high-risk aerial moves safely – a huge array of ramps, jumps, and foam pits; changing rooms; a viewing gallery; studio space; and meeting rooms. Designed by Vision Ramps – one of the world’s leading skatepark manufacturers – The Loading Bay will be the UK’s first reduced-risk training facility for action sports.

Joining Pinkston Watersports, Scotland’s only purpose-built watersports centre; Glasgow Wake Park; and the Trim Trail outdoor gym on the banks of the city’s canal, the creation of The Loading Bay skatepark marks the next step in the ongoing transformation of the area into a thriving alternative sports playground and a bustling community hub. As well as a training venue for elite athletes, The Loading Bay will also offer access to a host of new sports for some of the city’s most disadvantaged young people.

Catherine Topley, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, said: “Over the past few years, Scottish Canals and its partners have overseen an incredible transformation around Pinkston Basin on the Glasgow Canal. Once the dilapidated site of a former power plant, the area is now a flourishing urban sports hub that’s bringing real benefits to the communities of North Glasgow. The start of construction of The Loading Bay marks the exciting next step in that story.

"While the skatepark will offer world-class training for Scotland’s elite athletes, this project is about much more than medal-winners. By offering competition-grade training facilities and coaching just a mile from Glasgow city centre and less than an hour's drive away for over three million Scots, The Loading Bay is set to be a unique force for change in Scotland - an urban sports hub that fosters community involvement and regeneration alongside the development of sporting excellence. We can't wait to welcome everyone to the park this summer."

Due to a lack of facilities in the UK, the majority of elite action sports athletes currently travel to North America for access to reduced risk practice areas. The Loading Bay is set to revolutionise action sports in the UK, providing a home for the stars of today and tomorrow and creating a training destination for athletes from around the globe.