Youngsters start fundraising for town skatepark

Plans for a skatepark in Kirkcudbright are moving forward after a number of the town’s young people chose last week to help raise funds for the venture.

A mix of primary and secondary aged children are gearing up to skate Kirkcudbright’s Half Marathon which takes place tomorrow (Saturday).

Local businesses have been supporting their challenge with sponsorship already received from a number of shops including Mulberries, Supersave, Harbour Lights, Lily Knowles, Richie’s School of Motoring, KBT Pharmacy, Brambles Deli as well as local people from the town.

Some of the Kirkcudbright Primary School skaters will also be collecting cash for their cause at the half marathon’s starting point in the grounds of Kirkcudbright Academy.

A committee for Kirkcudbright Skatepark was set up just four weeks ago. Funding from national bodies is currently being identified and possible sites are being considered. More than 600 people signed a petition backing a skatepark facility in town and the community group has a following of around 300 on Facebook which is growing steadily, and with key contacts being made both regionally and nationally.

Following the first fundraiser, local young people will be able to enter a competition to design a logo for Kirkcudbright Skatepark which will appear on all marketing, PR and fundraising materials.

Alan McClure, Chairman of Kirkcudbright Skatepark, the body set up make the plans a reality, said:“Our aim is to work with the local community to support our young people in Kirkcudbright and the surrounding area and meet the demand for an outstanding skating facility in this town.

“We would like to encourage everyone to support this project which has numerous benefits and everyone can play a part, no matter how big or small, in making this happen.”

If youlike to offer support or have any suggestions or wish to join the Kirkcudbright Skatepark committee, please contact Kirkcudbright Committee Secretary Jill Johnston by email, jill.johnston@virgin.net or find ‘Kirkcudbright Skatepark’ on facebook.