Pipe dream becoming a reality at last

These Arbroath skaters will soon be showing off their skills on a purpose-built skatepark at the West Links.
These Arbroath skaters will soon be showing off their skills on a purpose-built skatepark at the West Links.

First thing Monday morning the long-awaited dream of a skatepark in Arbroath will start to become a reality as construction begins.

The welcome news was revealed on Thursday evening via the Arbroath Skatepark Project’s (ASP) Facebook page.

ASP has been at the forefront of the campaign for the last four years, although attempts to build a skatepark run back even further.

Speaking to the Herald Jillian Low said: “As chairperson of ASP Club, I’d like to thank the many, many people who have helped us along the way to bring us to this point. There are far too many individuals to mention, but I must pass on a huge personal thank you to the fantastic support of Councillor David Fairweather, and Mhairi Dickson of Angus Council’s Community Planning team. Both have been instrumental in the success of the project, and have been on hand every step of the way for help and advice.

“The young people involved in the project also deserve recognition for their part in the fund-raising efforts, their input to the skatepark design and for their patience and unwavering support. They ought to be very proud of themselves.

“Finally, to the generosity of our local community - thank you so, so much. Support and donations came in thick and fast from various businesses, groups, trusts, and individuals, enabling us to secure full funding. It just goes to show that Community Spirit is very much alive and well in Arbroath.

“Angus Council have also made a financial contribution, and their Parks team have been working hard alongside our group, and continue to do so, as they oversee the construction stage.”

The council’s vice-convener for communities, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “This is fantastic news. I’d like to offer my congratulations to everyone who raised funds for the Skatepark. I’m looking forward to seeing the Skatepark when the work is completed and seeing the skaters enjoying their sport.”

Construction should last around 12 weeks with completion scheduled for around mid-September and an official opening in early October. You can follow ASP on Facebook.