Skate park plan takes off

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A group of residents from Inverbervie have come together to try to get a skate park in the village to combat the issue of “dismal playparks”.

Bervie Skate Park Committee, a group of parents and skate park-crazy teenagers dedicated to fundraising for and raising awareness of the construction of a new facility in Inverbervie, are now calling for local businesses and individuals to join them on their quest to create a much-needed recreation facility.

Debbie Fotheringham, vice-secretary of Bervie Skate Park Committee, said: “We set up the group because we’re passionate about giving our teenagers and younsters more to do in Inverbervie and attracting visitors to the area. Local parks are pretty dismal. A new recreation space is essential and inevitable.

“But it’s not going to be an easy task. We’re currently applying for charitable status and we’re desperately encouraging local businesses and individuals to get behind us. Without local support, it won’t happen. We want our community to flourish but the first step is getting the people who live in it to back our cause.

“We want to work with the people of Inverbervie and Gourdon to find a suitable site that has everything we need. Our priorities are safety, good access and some level of seclusion, minimising disruption to nearby residents.

“We have a well-developed committee, including youngsters who are keen to help with the skate park design and fundraising efforts. But there’s always room for more. Our next meeting, on 16 May 2013, will focus on fundraising ideas for the year ahead and we’d welcome newcomers of any age.”

Local Councillor George Carr is supporting the project and says it is a “great idea”.

He said: “I think it is excellent. It is something that has been spoken about at a number of local community council meetings so I think a skate park in that area would meet a fair bit of need. We have had a number of youngsters along to the meetings.”
He explained there is alot of funding currently available for projects such as this and he hopes that this will help plans progress.