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Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) has secured Commonwealth Games legacy funding for its landmark park project in Glasgow.

Located inside a "loop" on the River Clyde – across the water from the Glasgow 2014 athletes' village – the £5.7m new Cuningar Loop woodland park has been described as the Commonwealth Games Park and is an integral part of legacy plans for the Glasgow 2014 Games.

It will be open to the public in spring 2015 and aims to attract more than 100,000 visitors by 2021.

FCS said it will use the funding from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund to expand the proposed Activity Zone at Cuningar Loop. Facilities at the activity zone will include two separate bicycle tracks - suitable for mountain biking, BMX and dirt jump bikes - as well as Scotland's first outdoor bouldering area and an adventure play area.

As well as Legacy 2014 funding, the project has been supported by sportscotland's Sports Facilities Fund.

The 15-hectare Cuningar Loop is the largest of FCS's network of 14 Commonwealth Woodlands in and around Glasgow and is being developed in partnership with Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company.

The development is part of FCS's plans to encourage local communities to use their local green spaces more often and to increase physical activity levels - especially among those who aren't taking part in traditional sports.

Joneen Clarke, FCS's project manager for Cuningar Loop, said: "We strive 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."

Cabinet secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, added: "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."

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Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) has secured Commonwealth Games legacy funding for its Cuningar Loop park project in Glasgow.

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