Kirkcudbright youngsters full of skate ideas

David Hall with Scott and Logan
David Hall with Scott and Logan

Gartshore Park is the site now being taken forward in a formal planning application process by Kirkcudbright Skate Park committee, meaning the land owned by Dumfries and Galloway Council would see the Skate Park located on the opposite side of the road to town’s the swimming pool.

A target of £5,000 has been set to reach by the end of the Summer through various fundraising ideas suggested by kids at the meeting. National and regional funding bodies are also being approached but require evidence of enthusiastic support from the community. Donations are coming in from both businesses and individuals who are enthusiastic to help young people enjoy outdoor activity, support the promotion of exercise and provide a safe and fun environment for young people in the town.

Fundraising for the Skate Park has already sparked many creative ideas and the latest individual to take on an exceptional challenge for the bid is local lawyer, David Hall, who works for Williamson and Henry in the town. His success in competing at Tough Mudder at Drumlanrig, a gruelling land challenge which includes ice-cold lochs, mud and endurance testing hills, achieved more than £600 in funds for Kirkcudbright Skate Park.

David said: “Having three young boys of my own and having been brought up in a rural area I believe that young people in rural areas should be afforded as many opportunities as possible to pursue healthy passions and interests.  They shouldn’t feel that living in a rural area is in any way a drawback or a hindrance to their development or future prospects. The Skate Park project will give local young people a sense of community, responsibility, pride and purpose.  It will also hopefully encourage them to see that they are valued and that their needs are important to the wider community.  I volunteered to raise funds for the project because I am part of that wider community and wanted to encourage, and show support to our young people.”
David participated with his two young sons who achieved the Mini Mudder encouraging many friends and family to donate as well as from commercial businesses that David contacted. Donations are being accepted for another week on www.gofundme.com/w55dnew.

A logo competition for Kirkcudbright Skate Park is now underway inviting the young people of Kirkcudbright to get involved in the design and entries will be judged in the next few weeks.

The skating and BMX culture is based on mutual respect, social networking, artistic expression and an appreciation of the environment. It’s a way of life that can be learned early, and is proven to positively effect those who take part. BMX riding has just been accepted as an Olympic sport and skateboarding is also being seriously considered with these sports growing at an exponential rate since the 1970s.

If you are interested in supporting, have any suggestions or wish to join the Kirkcudbright Skate Park Committee please contact Alan McClure on alanmcclure70@hotmail.com or find ‘Kirkcudbright Skatepark’ on facebook.