THE official opening of the new £100,000 skatepark is to take place this weekend in Largs.

The blue riband facility will be officially declared open on Sunday by the group of local young people who helped in the development of the park

On the day there will be a jam session, with separate competitions for skateboarding, inline skating, BMX and scooter riders.

Councillor Alan Hill has been working with local youngsters on the project and believes that their efforts to secure the area have been admirable.

He said: “It is amazing to be at the stage of seeing the park officially opened after all the hard work and planning.

"This Sunday will be an excellent opportunity for people to stop by and watch the skills that so many of our young people have in these sports.

“The development of the skatepark grew from when these young people came along and presented their case to the North Coast Locality Partnership a couple of years ago.

“They then worked with council officers and the construction company to design the park itself to suit their needs.

“This has been a fantastic achievement and it is fitting that they open it themselves with a display of their skating and BMX skills.

“They are a dedicated and hard working group of youngsters who are a real credit to our area.

“I would urge local people to come along on Sunday afternoon and watch them in action."

Registration for the jam will take place on the day between noon and 1pm and will have two age groups, one for under 16 and one for overs.

The event free and will include food and drink for those taking part, with a great selection of prizes which have been donated by Clan Skates, Substance BMX, Pyramid Skates and Source BMX.

During the competition the skatepark itself will be closed to the public.