A £3.5 MILLION facility described as one of the centrepieces of the Commonwealth Games legacy has been officially opened.
Fifty full-time jobs have been created by the establishment of the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub which houses a nursery, GP and dental surgery, pharmacy, cafe, community hall and IT and training facilities.
The community-owned centre in the shadow of the Emirates Arena in the east end of Glasgow has also allowed more than 1,000 people to find employment thanks to the facilities and services on site, the Scottish Government said.
Former Scotland and Celtic player Kenny Dalglish was joined by sport minister Jamie Hepburn and councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, to formally open the centre today.
Dalglish, who was born in Dalmarnock, said: “It’s a fantastic legacy from the Commonwealth Games.
“They promised they would leave something in place and they have.”
Run and delivered by the People’s Development Trust, with funding from the Scottish Government, Clyde Gateway and the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, the hub was built to provide local people with new services in the aftermath of last summer’s Games.
Glasgow City Council provided the land for the hub, sold for a nominal sum of £1 to the trust, and it has been designed to provide a link between the established and new communities in the area.
Mr Hepburn said: “Commonwealth Games legacy didn’t end at the closing ceremony.
“We want to keep the spirit of the Games alive right across Scotland and the best way to do that is to make sure communities are playing a central role.
“There’s no better example of that than the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub.”
Mr McAveety added: “Glasgow benefited from the Commonwealth Games before, during and after the summer of 2014 through the creation of thousands of jobs and improved infrastructure and facilities.
“The Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, located right at the heart of the Games, is the latest illustration of Glasgow being better as a result of the Games.
“The hub will be tremendously important for the people of Dalmarnock as the area continues its regeneration.”