Funding secured for new features in Cuningar Loop activity zone

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16 JUNE 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16290

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Forestry Commission Scotland project, Cuningar Loop, is to benefit from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, which will expand the features of its proposed Activity Zone.

Cuningar Loop is a £5.7 million project that is transforming 15 hectares of derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde into an attractive woodland park. 

Located opposite to the Glasgow 2014 athletes’ village, the new woodland park will be open to the public in spring 2015.  It is a significant Legacy 2014 project, which aims to attract over 100,000 visitors by 2021.

The funding secures an adventure play area and a bike skills area, suitable for mountain biking, BMX and dirt jump bikes.  Cuningar Loop’s unique shape will enable two types of track to be developed, accommodating entry level cyclists and skilled users.

The site will see Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park being added to Cuningar Loop’s Activity Zone.  This has been supported by sportscotland’s Sports Facilities Fund.

Major redevelopment of the site is underway with 15,000 trees, 30,000 shrubs, 40,000 bulbs and meadow grass due to be planted along with a path network, natural play facilities, picnic areas and an amphitheatre for outdoor learning.

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison commented: “The Commonwealth Games is Scotland’s biggest ever sporting and cultural event and I want to see a lasting Games legacy across the whole of Scotland in the years to come. 

“Cuningar Loop is an exciting project and the new woodland will be a recreational resource that will encourage local people to get outdoors and become more active.”

Forestry Commission Scotland project manager for Cuningar Loop, Joneen Clarke commented: “We’re thrilled to be one of the projects to benefit from the funding.  The bike skills area and outdoor bouldering park will be key features in our Activity Zone.

“Our project strives to make physical activity more accessible to everyone in the local area and the funding will make a real difference to local communities and help provide a lasting legacy from Glasgow 2014.”

Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “Cuningar Loop is one of over 100 projects set to benefit from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, as we aim to encourage more people of all ages and abilities to become involved in sport and physical activity.

“sportscotland and the Scottish Government are working closely to deliver a successful sporting legacy from Glasgow 2014, and the Active Places Fund is a key component of that vision.” 
Notes to Editors

1.  Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate

2. The £10m Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, part of the Scottish Government’s Commonwealth Games Legacy 2014 programme, is administered by sportscotland, the national agency for sport and will give communities across Scotland more and better places to be active.

3. Cuningar Loop is a Forestry Commission Scotland, Clyde Gateway and South Lanarkshire Council project:

• It forms an integral part of Glasgow’s East End regeneration programme
• A new pedestrian and cycle bridge will link the woodland park directly to the new residential development, The Village.
• Cuningar Loop is also one of the ‘sustainable’ Legacy 2014 programmes that provide lasting and positive legacy from hosting major events, such as the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014  
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