Car trouble 
at the skatepark

Dean Wolecki

Dean Wolecki

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Concerns have been raised at Arbroath Skatepark of users and parents driving to the facility along a pedestrian path.

Shortly after the skatepark officially opened on October 11 there were reports of people driving along the path that starts from the West Links playpark, prompting 
calls for caution.

Entry to West Links which elads to the new skatepark.

Entry to West Links which elads to the new skatepark.

The entrance is quite clearly signposted as no access to unauthorised vehicles and the Arbroath Skatepark Project Club committee posted on their Facebook page: “There has been a complaint that parents are driving along the West Links to drop their youngsters off at the skatepark. Can I please remind everyone that unauthorised vehicles are not permitted past the entrance 
to the area.”

It prompted a number of responses, both for and against driving along this path, but the most interesting result was a call for the further development of the site.

Parent Vicki Topen wrote: “I just want to say this is not a complaint as I think the Skatepark is amazing but I think this is going to happen all the time, as there is nowhere for parents to sit, for sometimes a good few hours while their children play. Especially when it gets cold.

“The kids don’t mind it as they are running around but meanwhile we (parents) will be freezing our butts off. I don’t feel like I would be able to leave my children there on their own to play because they are still young and incase of injury. Is there no solution to possibly getting a parking area up there for a few cars to park while our children play on 
the skatepark?

Entry to the West Links which leads to the new skatepark.

Entry to the West Links which leads to the new skatepark.

“The park is amazing for the kids but I would still end up taking the kids to the Dundee Skatepark because its more comfortable to sit for a few hours. If I were able to even sit in my car and keep an eye on the kids then I would prefer to bring them 
to Arbroath.”

According to the committee moves have already been made to inquire with Angus Council about installing picnic benches at the skatepark.