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Skate park is a step closer

THE wheels are turning on a campaign for a local skate park.

Plans to build a skateboard, scooter and BMX park in Forres are gathering speed after a committee was formed to steer the project.

Forres Area Community Trust (Fact), which has supported the plans to date, hopes the campaign can continue under an independent group that goes on to choose the location, apply for funding and build the facility.ADVERTISING

Fact community development worker, Vicky Flood, is acting chairwoman of the Forres Skate Park Initiative (FSPI), which currently has seven members on its committee.

She said: “The project needs a dedicated group of people to make it happen. We are providing governance training through TSI Moray to all members but we still need more people to join.”

The FSPI has used a pop-up ramp at local events, where it received widespread support.

Dawn Brodie from Moray Council’s Community Support Unit is supporting FSPI through the Community Asset Transfer process to lease a suitable piece of land for a permanent facility.

Elgin skate shop owner, Michael Robertson, who used the old skate park behind Forres Academy that was closed more than a decade ago, said: “It is very important for both residents and visitors that we have this facility.

“The old park was really important for me growing up and helped shape my career path.

“It can do the same for others.”

FSPI will soon request input from the community into the design and features of the park which must include drainage, lighting and screening.

Source: Forres Gazette

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