Cash boost for skatepark project

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THE ARBROATH Skatepark Project Club hailed their family fun day a huge success after raising around £700 towards their funds.

The project held the event on Saturday at the West Links in order to raise the cash needed for a park to be created in the town for skaters, rollerbladers and BMX bikers.

And after being impressed with how many people turned out despite the heavy showers, the group is planning a bigger and better event for next year.

Jillian Low from the group explained: “Now that we have counted all the extra donations, including the £100 from Kerr’s Miniature Railway we have around £700, which is more than we thought so we are quite pleased.

“It was busy when the sun was out but taking into consideration the weather it was a success and definitely worthwhile.

“It is definitely something we will want to do again next year maybe bigger and better.”

The event featured performances from Showcase the Street, the Limelight Company, Arbroath Gymnastics Club and Angus Dog Activity Club.

There was also stalls, a bouncy castle, a mobile playground and other inflatables.

And the skaters also got to show off their very own skills as Angus Council’s mobile half-pipe was present for the youngsters to enjoy.

And its popularity showed the demand by young people for a permanent skating facility in Arbroath at the West Links.

And with this cash boost to the project, Jillian hopes the project can now start to move forward.

She added: “The next stage is to get a meeting with the council so we can discuss a design for the skatepark.

“We can’t move forward with external funding until we have a fully costed design in place.

“The project definitely is worthwhile and everybody seems to support it.”

The Arbroath Skatepark Project Club have also been awarded a £30,000 grant on condition the group find another £100,000 themselves.

The same amount was also pledged to the skatepark group in Carnoustie.