A new outdoor activity centre has been opened on the bank of the Union Canal.
Falkirk Council and the inland waterway charity, the Waterways Trust Scotland, opened the centre to give young people in the region the opportunity to get out and get active by offering a range of activities on the canal and surrounding area.
The Action Outdoors centre was officially opened by MSP Cathy Peattie, who said in a statement: “This is a very welcome addition to the sporting facilities available to families in this area. I am sure it will be very popular, and it’s great to have it on our doorsteps, making the most of our local assets.
“This will make use the canal more accessible and enhance people’s appreciation of our local waterways.”
Karen Moore, development director for the Waterways Trust Scotland, said: “From canoeing to cycling; rock-climbing to angling, Action Outdoors will give people of all ages the opportunity to try out new sports and meet new people.
“The Waterways Trust Scotland runs a number of projects across the country to encourage people of all ages and abilities to make use of the Lowland Canals to improve their health and fitness and also to learn more about the natural environment.
“This new outdoor activity centre is a £1million project which aims to make the most of the facilities that we have on our doorstep – the canals, the towpaths and the natural environment, and will make a real difference to people in the area.”
Provost Pat Reid said: “Alongside an extensive outdoor activity programme, there will be teambuilding courses designed to help people grow in confidence. We hope that Action Outdoors will help young people in Falkirk and the surrounding areas take up a better, more healthy lifestyle while learning new skills at the same time.”
Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportscotland, said: “With the growing popularity of outdoor pursuits in Scotland, sportscotland is delighted to have supported the creation of the new activity centre in Falkirk by the Waterways Trust Scotland with an investment of £173,917.
“This investment demonstrates our commitment to enhancing sporting opportunities for communities across Scotland by providing them with good quality, accessible and well-designed facilities. The new centre will enable local young people to participate in sports and activities in a safe and friendly environment, while at the same time boosting their activity levels.”