The committee behind the proposed Carnoustie skatepark have announced they are close to their target following a Holyrood grant.
Last Tuesday SportScotland confirmed that the Scottish Government had awarded a total of £87,540 towards the project at Carnoustie foreshore.
The funding was sourced from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund which was set up to celebrate Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth games next year.
The total amount raised or pledged now stands at £160,831 and the Carnoustie Skatepark Committee have estimated the park will cost £190,000 to build.
Committee member Marie Fenton said: “We are delighted with the award from the Scottish Government, which means we have now secured 85 per cent of the funding we require.
“We now have a gap to fill of around £30,000. We believe it will be easier for us to raise the last 15 per cent of funding than the first 15 per cent as some of the organisations we will now be applying to will see we have a credible project in front of us.”
The campaign to build a skatepark was started in 2011 by Kieran Bell and Andrew Patterson and the teenagers are confident of seeing a skatepark soon.
Kieran said: “It sounds easy when we say we have only 15 per cent of the money to raise now, but it’s a bit more challenging when we say we still have to raise another £30,000.
“We’ve got lots of ideas as to how we can secure the rest of the money and we are now confident the skatepark will be built by next summer.”
Andrew added: “It has been a brilliant experience being involved in the skatepark campaign so far and we’re all just really excited about the prospect of getting the skatepark built.
“We’re discussing some ideas about more fund-raising between now and Christmas and we hope that everyone in the town can help us get closer to that final target.”
The committee are now appealing for the town to make that last push. Marie said: “We are now committed to putting all our efforts in to having the skatepark built by the summer of 2014 if we can possibly do so.
“We will however need to fill the funding gap, but we are confident that we can do so. If there any organisations out there that think they can help us in this respect we would be delighted to discuss this further with them. Our next stage is to focus on raising the remainder of the required funding but we will also progress discussions with Angus Council on things like planning permissions and eventually appointing a contractor through their tendering process.”