Skatepark dream one step closer

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The campaign for a Carnoustie skatepark is one step closer to reality after designs for the project were drawn up.

The group behind the bid to create the facility for skaters, boarders and BMX riders next to Carnoustie Leisure Centre estimate that the park will cost around £180,000.

And with a design for the new facility now in place, the campaigners are hoping this will help play a role in securing funding for SportScotland, who may be able to help finance the project.

A revised application for funding was submitted to the sporting body earlier this week and they hope to hear back by September.

And Bob Bell, the campaign chairman told the Guide & Gazette: “Skateboard Scotland suggested we take design advice from one or other of a number of companies who specialise in skatepark designs.

“We held discussions with two companies and got their ideas for the design.

“Having been through this exercise and discussed it informally with SportScotland, they have now confirmed that they are fully satisfied with the development of the design to date, so it looks like we have only one more hurdle to get over.”

SportScotland have also told the committee they must have 25 per cent of the funding in place before any grant is given the go-ahead and thanks to a massive fund-raising effort over the past year, the group estimates that have around 35 to 40 per cent of the required funding in place.

The campaign for the skatepark began in 2011 and was prompted by youngster Kieran Bell and Andrew Patterson, who are both actively involved in the project.

The committee must now wait until after the summer for news on their funding bid, which has applied to the Scottish Governments Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund.

And Bob added: “Although the Commonwealth Games is billed as to be held in Glasgow in 2014, in fact one of the events will actually be held in Carnoustie as the shooting event will take place at Barry Buddon.

“From our discussions with SportScotland we are becoming increasingly confident that we have now met all of their requirements, we just need to see that in writing from them and also have it confirmed how much of an award they are willing to make.

“Our committee has committed to putting all our efforts in to having the skatepark built by the summer of 2014. 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.”