Arbroath Skatepark Project Club faces its final hurdle in their long-running campaign to open a skatepark in the town.
The group members are appealing to the generosity of local businesses and individuals to help them raise £27,000, the last chunk of money needed to secure the future of the Arbroath Skatepark Project.
Proposed for construction at the West Links the skatepark will cost £202,000 altogether, with £100,000 of this conditionally pledged by SportScotland.
Should the remaining 13 per cent of funds not be pledged by January of next year, SportScotland may withdraw their support.
A spokeswoman for the Arbroath Skatepark Project Club said: “Our group has been working tirelessly over the last three years to raise the necessary funds to build a skatepark in the town.
“The young people involved must be commended for their high level of commitment to our project, and to have come this far is a huge achievement.
“To fall at the last hurdle would be devastating for the group, and indeed for Arbroath at large. The local community has been extremely supportive to our cause.
“We have already received donations spanning the whole sector, ranging from primary school children to the elderly, and from businesses to local trust funds.
“Angus Council has contributed £30,000 towards the build and continue to offer their support and assistance. The Local Community Planning Team and local councillors have been instrumental in our progress so far. There is obviously a need for such a facility in Arbroath.
“Contributing to the design and fund-raising for their skatepark, gives young people a sense of pride and ownership, resulting in greater appreciation and respect for the community.”
She added: “The bottom line is that we are fast running out of time, and if we do not find the money very soon, we may not see a skatepark built in Arbroath.
“However, I am positive that if the community really gets behind us, we can make it happen.
“So please, if you are thinking of donating to charity this Christmas, keep it local, and help make our town a better place.”
A supporters’ wall, or similar, will be erected on the site to recognise the contributions made by those who have helped the project.
For further information on how to donate, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or message Arbroath Skatepark on Facebook.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can also go along to Asda tomorrow (Saturday) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. when volunteers will be doing a fund-raising bag pack.