Skatepark project taking off

LOCAL skaters eager to raise money for a skatepark in Arbroath have organised a family fun day that will take place at the West Links tomorrow (Saturday).

The Arbroath Skatepark Project Club has been raising funds for the past two years so a facility for skateboarders, rollerbladers and bikers can be provided in the town.

And it is hoped tomorrow’s fun day, from 12 noon to 5 p.m., will help to boost the project.

The event will feature performances from Showcase the Street, the Limelight Company, Best Defence Martial Arts and Arbroath Gymnastics Club.

There will also be a mobile playground, dog agility demonstrations, inflatables, a toddlers’ corner and stocks, donated by the Abbey Timethemes.

And of course, the council’s mobile half-pipe will be present for skaters to show off their skills.

Jillian Low from the project is hoping the weather holds out for a great day. And she added progress with the project is going well.

She explained: “We are doing well at the moment and hopefully soon we will be able to get a design drawn up.

“We have been working with Angus Council who have pledged to help out with £30,000 and we have to thank Councillor David Fairweather, who has been brilliant helping us out.

“We have also had a lot of support from Arbroath and Area Partnership and the West Links Development Partnership.”

The council’s decision to give the skatepark project £30,000 is on the condition that the group themselves raise the remaining £100,000.

And as entry to the fun day is free, the club are relying on donations to make it a success.

A similar amount with the same conditions has also been awarded to youngsters wanting a skatepark in Carnoustie too.