Construction begins on Drylaw Skatepark

©Freestyle Skateparks via STV

©Freestyle Skateparks via STV

Construction has begun on the new Drylaw Skatepark after years of campaigning by locals to have the facility built.

Work on the £200k skatepark within Easter Drylaw Park began this week, and is anticipated to be complete within ten weeks, meaning it could open by December.

Young people from Drylaw have been campaigning since 2011 to have the park built so that they do not have to make the four mile journey to Saughton to use the facility there.

Funding for the skatepark was given by the Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership and City of Edinburgh Council, with a further £100k in funding coming from the Scottish Government’s Active Places Fund, which exists to fund better facilities for sport or physical activities in the wake of last year’s Commonwealth Games.

The park will have tips, rails, ledges, flat banks and a half pipe, all of which can be used by skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX riders.

Ross Woodside of the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust, who have been managing the project since planning permission for the skatepark was granted in 2013, said: “We are pleased that the much-anticipated skatepark has reached the construction stage.

“We are confident that it will be a well-used local asset and make a real contribution to more sporting opportunities in the area.”

City of Edinburgh Council Transport Convener and chair of the skatepark working group Lesley Hinds added: “It has been a long road to get to this point and credit is due to the young people and local organisations who have worked tirelessly to make sure this project happened.”

Comments

  1. uspwebmaster says:

    Great news! Wishing you all much success. The youth need this. Not all of us are cut out for standard team sports.

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