TALENTED skateboarders, BMX cyclists and scooter riders wowed the crowds on Saturday at the Helensburgh Skatepark Project’s annual open day.

The day was also a chance for the project team to explain more about their long term plans, under which Argyll and Bute Council has pledged to set aside an area for a new skate park when the existing facility is built upon as part of the town’s £19.5 million waterfront regeneration project.

The current skate park will remain in place until the new swimming pool which will form the centrepiece of the new-look waterfront is completed, probably in late 2021.

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When the new pool is opened, the current pool will be demolished and there will be no more access to the current park.

However, the council says it will then lay tarmac on an area of land the same size as the current skate park but closer to West Clyde Street, where the current temporary equipment will be moved.

That land will then be leased to the skatepark project, allowing them to seek funding of up to £200,000 for a brand-new, purpose built, park for skating, scootering and BMX riding.

Jackie Hood, chair of the Helensburgh Skatepark Project, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to support our open day.

“To see so many young people all riding together in the sunshine was fantastic. The talent in our town is quite incredible.

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“I would also like to thank all the local businesses who supported the project: Anna and Michael Curley from the Deli in the Square who gave us three huge platters of sandwiches and cakes; the Helensburgh Toy Shop and Grasshopper Toys for their generous donation for the raffle; North West Signs for the banners; and Chick Mailey and the rest of the crew at Unit 23 Skatepark for the PA, extra ramps, ‘crash of the day’ prize and the top raffle prize of annual membership.

“We really appreciate your support.”

If you would like to learn how to skateboard, scooter, BMX or skate so you can join in next year, lessons are provided at Unit 23 Skatepark in Castlegreen Street in Dumbarton every Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 12 noon at a cost of £10 per head.