More than £100,000 of funding has been awarded for the redevelopment of an Aberdeen skatepark after an online petition was launched.
The document, which attracted around 2,000 signatures both online and offline, was put forward to attract potential fundraisers in order to redevelop the facility in Westburn Park.
Originally built in the 1970s for skateboarders, rollerbladers and bikers, the park has fallen into a state of disrepair over the years.
Looking to modernise the site, Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park has been lobbying councillors since the group was first set up four years ago.
It received £105,000 from the Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Committee to begin improvements, and will now look to work with the local community to develop plans for the area.
Chairman of Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park Peter Stephen said: “This is great news for the Westburn Park.
“The petition started about mid March but we’ve been lobbying for about four years.
“We managed to get £24,000 to put the children’s cycle path back together and that’s almost done.
“We’re going to work with council officers to provide a first class skatepark.
“We will try to provide the city with the best skatepark in Aberdeen.”
Its next move will be to consult with as many people as possible who will benefit from the park, to find out what residents want from the space.
With skateboarding being introduced in the next Olympics, Peter is hopeful that with improved skatepark facilities, we will be able to take home a medal at the 2020 games.
Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park has big dreams for the parks, and hope to continue to make improvements.
Peter said: “Our next big project is the fountain in Victoria Park. We’d like to get the fountain up and running, we’re in the process of finding out how to progress with it.”
Councillor for the Rosemount area Tom Mason said: “It’s absolutely a great thing, it’s been laying derelict for a long time.
“They work very hard to keep the work going, it’s improving to no end. I fully support everything they do.
“A new skatepark will improve the standard to make sure it’s even better used.”