Project gets its skates on

editorial image

A skatepark in Arbroath will become a reality later this year according to the chair of the Arbroath Skatepark Project Committee.

Jillian Low, chair of the group, has suggested that the long-awaited facility could be in place by late summer now that funding targets have been met and if the rest of the plan goes smoothly.

On Tuesday evening it was announced that the final £2,400 needed to make the match-funding target set by SportScotland had been donated.

Jillian said: “It’s just wonderful, isn’t it? I’m just ecstatic to say the least!

“It’s really exciting. This whole month has been quite exciting, the donations have been coming in just one after the other. I’ve been blown away by the generosity of the town.

“It’s just been amazing. Groups, individuals, businesses have all helped, this really has been a community project.

“To go from needing £27,000 at the beginning of January to collecting enough has been nothing short of amazing. Keeping it high profile has helped as has the planning permission going through in the middle of the month.

“There were times I was quite scared that it wasn’t going to happen or that it would have to be delayed.”

Arbroath Skatepark Project Committee were due to meet with representatives of SportScotland and Angus Council yesterday (Thursday) to discuss a tendering package which could come out in mid February.

Jillian added: “Basically we are looking at having an open day in late August or mid September, while it’s still good weather. We’re hoping by the end of August it will already be here, that’s the plan anyway!”

Fund-raising will still continue as the installation of flood-lighting was added as a condition to the planning application and this will likely cost several thousand pounds.