Backing for Banchory skatepark fundraiser

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie has backed the organisers of a bid to expand a Deeside town's first skatepark.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 6:00 am
The new skate park will be built at the town’s Bellfield Park.

The Banchory Skatepark Group (BSG) has been hard at work over the last few years to raise funds and make progress with the venture at Bellfield Park after it gained permission to build updated facilities in 2019.

The site currently contains an ageing steel ramp, but group members now hope to create a larger and varied new concrete skate park and floodlights.

Banchory Skate park is an initiative set up to promote all wheels, Skateboarding, BMX, In-line and Scooters.

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie has backed the group’s fundraising and sent a letter of support to founding chairman Russ Crichton.

The group have secured 25 per cent of an anticipated £240,000 budget and are still actively fundraising.

Conservative Mr Bowie said: “Due to the pandemic it’s been a challenging year for all kinds of community groups and charities to hold events where they would normally expect donations to come flooding in.

“The concept of a much larger and more accessible skatepark for Banchory is excellent, and it will open up outdoor activities to people just when they need it most.

“I’m happy to support Russ and the BSG in hitting their target to make a start.

”This is a project which has been eagerly awaited by many and it will not only provide a fantastic sports facility for the young people of Banchory, but it will also attract those from the wider community and beyond."

Skate group chairman Russ Crichton said the budget for the project is £240,000.

Speaking last year, as the group sought planning permission, he said: “We have the backing of the community council and the BDI who have been right behind us since the start. I’m hoping that the new skatepark is a great example of ‘common good’ where anyone and everyone that wants to,can use and access the park for free.

“The Skate Group propose that this facility will help to promote visitors to Banchory and play a small part to improving traffic up to the high street.

“It ties in well with the other outdoor projects being considered for the local area.”