“Fantastic few days” for skatepark

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It has been a whirlwind few days for Arbroath’s skatepark project as their fund-raising efforts have really come to fruition.

On Saturday a group of 26 bungee-jumping daredevils raised around £3,300 in aid of the Arbroath Skatepark Project and on Tuesday the group received word it had received £100,000 from the Legacy 2014 fund.

Chair of the Arbroath Skatepark Project Club Jillian Low explained how important the grant from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund is.

She said: “The whole thing will cost £202,000 and this £100,000 represents 50 per cent of the funding and the maximum that we could have asked for. I’m absolutely delighted about this just two days after the bungee jump.”

She continued: “We’ve still got a bit of a shortfall but we’re still waiting on hearing back from two applications. If we are successful with them then we will be good to go. It’s been a fantastic few days.”

Another fund-raiser, Get Your Fest On, has been organised by Danielle Skelton and Jordan Kelly on Sunday in Dundee clubs Non Zero and Beat Generator and will feature around 20 bands. All proceeds will go the skatepark. For more information find them on Facebook.

In addition GrainCorp, owners of Bairds Malt in Arbroath donated £3,000 to the fund on August 1. Jillian said: “That’s over £6,000 in the last month, plus whatever we get on Sunday from the music festival. It’s all been really positive and this £100,000 from the government has just been the icing on the cake.

“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped, for the continued help of Councillor David Fairweather, the support of Angus Council and the Community planning Team who were an enormous help in filling out our application for the Legacy 2014 funding, to everyone who took part in the bungee jump and to everyone who sponsored us.”