Delight as work begins on Aberdeen skatepark

The site is being paved to make it safe for cyclists and skateboarders.

Work has finally started rolling on a much-anticipated community skatepark in Aberdeen.

It is hoped the Torry Skatepark at St Fittick’s Park will open to youngsters before the end of spring.

The project has been made possible thanks to a £50,000 grant from the SUEZ Communities Trust, an organisation that supports community and environmental improvement schemes.

The money is being used to repave the space to make it safe for cyclists and skateboarders.

Aberdeen City Council’s operational delivery convener Councillor John Wheeler said: “I’m delighted to say the work has started at the new skatepark in Torry and I look forward to watching it progress. I’m sure the children and teenagers in the area will be even more excited about it and will have fun using it very soon.”

Bendcrete, the developer, along with Aberdeen City Council staff, has held a series of consultation days with local residents and has been getting input from youngsters about the things they want to see included in the skatepark.

Ron Plushki, Torry Community Council chairman, said: “We love the design and are extremely happy that it’s finally being repaved.

“It’s a great thing for the kids of Torry.”

Aberdeen City Council said, weather depending, the park should take about five weeks to build, and it is currently into the second week of its build.

It was initially hoped the skatepark could be funded via the council’s Participatory Budget, however, it narrowly missed out.

But, council officers worked with the community and Transition Extreme, resulting in the successful application with the SUEZ Communities Trust.