A plan for a skatepark in a north-east town has been backed by council officers.
Members of Marr area committee will discuss a report on the proposal.
Aberdeenshire Council planning officers have recommended councillors agree the plan to lease the land to create a skatepark in Bellfield Park, Banchory, to the Banchory Skatepark Group (BSG), which would be responsible for the skatepark.
A skate ramp is in place in Bellfield Park, but is regarded as “limited in terms of scale and the variety of skating it can offer”, according to the report.
Bruce Skinner, a member of the BSG, said: “We’re just a group of mums and dads that are trying to make a little bit of a difference for kids who want to do something that isn’t a team sport.
“Every kid wants to belong to something, and obviously skateboarding, BMXing and scootering are great things to do. We just think that the facilities in Banchory aren’t good enough.”
The decision will be made on the skatepark at the next meeting of the Marr area committee tomorrow.
Bellfield Park is considered to be a “common good asset” by Aberdeenshire Council, meaning that other criteria must first be satisfied before a lease can be agreed.
A sheriff must give a common good order before the lease can be agreed, and a public consultation should be carried out to find out the level of interest from the community about the project.
If approved by the council, the skatepark will still be subject to the planning process, and will have to apply for permission to build.
According to the report, the council will be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the skatepark, as it is responsible for Bellfield Park, but any major upgrades will still be the responsibility of the BSG.
The officers also recommended the committee assist the BSG in its attempts to gain funding for the building of the skatepark.
If the request is approved, the BSG will then have to commission a feasibility study, which Bruce believes will cost about £12,000.