Legal graffiti wall created at Aberdeen community park

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A legal graffiti wall has been created in an Aberdeen park.

And the wall is the first in the UK by an international project.

Friends of Sunnybank Park  members have been working with Sunnybank Community Centre to improve the green space, and together they have big plans, which also include a go-kart track and gym equipment.

The group were working on a legal graffiti wall in collaboration with Wallspot, to transform how the public values spaces through urban art installations.

The wall will allow graffiti artists to book a slot to show off their talents.

One of the trustees of Sunnybank Park Tricia Schooling said: “The main benefit is that you can play around, no fear of repercussions.

“We own the wall, but we got it confirmed with the council.

“We’d like to expand the wall, but the other walls in the park are owned by the council and the university.”

The  community centre received £3,000 from Aberdeen City Council’s Your Street, Your Say and a further £5,000 from Aberdeen Harbour Board which is going towards the community park.

Wilma Mackland, development worker and volunteer at Sunnybank Community Centre, said: “The idea is to have maybe three or four bits of gym equipment.

“We’d love to see the old bowling green utilised.

“We have bought some pedal go-karts, and we’re going to paint a track once we get all the equipment.

“It’s going to cost about £27,000 to re-tar the area.”

As well as the wall and the track, members of the friends group have been working to make the park grounds nicer for users and have identified the ideas that could make the most difference.

In recent months, an allotment has been added to the park off Sunnyside Road in the Powis area.

The site has herbs free for users of the park to take home and use.

Tricia said: “We want to find out what they want to use the park for.

“It’s definitely getting the park something for them to use so they feel more invested. We’re trying to improve wildlife, we’d like to encourage hedgehogs back into the area.

“There’s an awful lot we’d like to do, we’ve had to really rein it in.

“We do struggle for volunteers, people don’t know that the park is there.”

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