Skate park still progressing

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The Roxburgh skate park committee is rolling closer to building its own park, one half-pipe at a time.

Committee convener James Buchan said they have been fundraising, developing a design and sourcing quotes for the various elements they wanted included in the plan for a budget to go with funding applications.

Teviot Valley Community Board gave permission for the group to develop the land behind the town’s playground as a skate park about six months ago.

The plan to develop a skate park started about four years ago, as an idea by Roxburgh Area School pupils.

Following a survey of the pupils, which asked about the amount of usage the park might get, 74% of those surveyed said they would use the facility.

The committee of five is hoping to put together an application for funding from the Central Lakes Trust.

“We are working with Teviot Prospects, which already has charitable status, so we don’t need to get our own,” Mr Buchan said.

The committee of five has looked extensively at other skate park designs on the internet and in person to develop ideas for the Roxburgh facility.

A design was developed, which incorporated the various elements they wanted, including a timber half pipe, ramps, concrete and street areas and landscaping.

He said the park could cost between $120,000 and $150,000, so the application to the trust was only the first stage for funding.

“The local kids are extremely excited as the project has been going for about four years,” he said.

“There is not a lot for them to do during the weekends here and the skate park will be ideal for them to get off their devices and go outside.

“It ticks all the boxes for exercise, learning new skills and social engagement.”

Mr Buchan said they had support from the school, parents and contractors, who are ready to help where they can.

The committee held a disco earlier this month and raised nearly $600 towards the project.