Roxburgh youth are getting closer to kickflips and ollies as plans for a skate park get a major funding boost.
Central Lakes Trust has provided a grant of $50,000 towards the proposed park.
Committee convener James Buchan said he was delighted at the grant, which went a long way towards making the park a reality.
Construction of the park was anticipated to cost about $141,000.
About $6000 to $7000 had been raised locally, so there was still some way to go to reach the construction target, he said.
Talks were taking place with other funding bodies, including the Otago Community Trust, but there was still some time to go before all funds were raised.
‘‘It is exciting, but it is still going to take a long time — it will probably be next year before we are building.’’
The skate park would be located behind the King George V Memorial Park, from the top of the rise into the old tennis courts, which still allowed room for parking for the bowling club and access to the recycling container, he said.
Designs for the site included a main concrete street park, a timber half pipe ramp, a scooter track for younger children and a small basketball court.
The site would have a lowmaintenance landscaped garden, including a shelter with a couple of barbecue tables and new fencing around the back for safety, Mr Buchan said.
People who wanted to give towards the project could get in touch by phoning 021 141-6621 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘‘Every dollar helps,’’ Mr Buchan said.