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Drylaw skatepark to be officially opened next weekend

NECN Contributor1 16th March 2016 Local News Comments Off on Drylaw skatepark to be officially opened next weekend

The Drylaw Skatepark is due to be officially opened next weekend.

Work on the £200,000 project was completed at the end of last year but next Saturday it will be officially opened.

Community reps of all ages have been involved in the steering group

Community reps of all ages have been involved in the steering group

The inspiration for the park stems back to a group of young skaters who voiced their hopes of similar facility nearer to home to prevent them travelling by bus to the citywide skatepark in Saughton.

Seeing the success of Saughton Skatepark, which opened in 2010, the idea to have a park in the north of the city on the existing BMX track at Easter Drylaw Park was then taken forward by the Drylaw Neighbourhood Centre on the same year and backed by other organisation’s such as the local community council, Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership and Sport Scotland.

Funding was given by the Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership and the City of Edinburgh Council and secured £100k match funding from Scottish Government’s Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund.

The Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) has been project managing the skatepark plans since planning permission was granted in early 2013.

We will provide more details of the official opening later in the week.

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