Aboyne bike park plans on view

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Plans for the proposed mountain bike play park in the Bellwood Community Woodland will be on view in the Aboyne Co-op tomorrow (Saturday, April 28) from 10amto 1pm.

Members of the public are invited to come along to view the plans, discuss the proposed facility with members of the Aboyne Bike Park Association committee, and give their views in a public survey.

“I would encourage local residents to come along and see the plans”, said Chair of the group, Anna Blair.

“The proposed bike park uses only 1.5 hectares of the total 109 hectares of the Bellwood, and is situated at the far eastern end of the wood away from the residential area. The village has for years requested more facilities for young people. This is a great way for the young -and not so young - to take part in an exciting fun activity in the outdoors, which offers great health benefits and will cost nothing to use.”

Around 100 residents took part in a sponsored bike ride on March 24 at the Victory Hall Aboyne.

To date the event has raised £5900 and there is still more money to come in.

The group is currently putting together an application for match funding from the rural Aberdeenshire LEADER programme.

Along with funds already raised they are hoping that this will make up the total of funding required for the project.

Grants have already been promised by the Marr Area Partnership, the Upper Deeside Community Development Group and the Aboyne Youth Project. Bristows Helicopters have also contributed £250 and a Shell SEA Grant of £350 has been donated through one of the committee members.