Melrose skate park project is 'progressing well'

Published: 12 Oct 2012 08:300 comments

A BUMPER crowd turned out to support plans to build a new skate park in Melrose at the weekend.

A computer generated image of the proposed new skate park in Melrose.

Melrose skate park group raised more than £400 for the project with a car boot sale at the primary school on Sunday.

It followed the success of a big cycle by local school children to celebrate the Olympics last week.

And now organisers have revealed they hoped the new skate park could be up and running within the next year.

Susan McBain, chairperson of the Melrose skate park project, said: "The car boot sale was very successful.

"The Melrose skate park group had a table top sale, selling donated items, providing information on the project's development and progress and also taking orders for t-shirts which have been designed by Elmbank Creative, a desirable item for any discerning skatepark user.

"Melrose Football Club allowed us the use of their catering facilities, the Engine Room, where bacon rolls and hot drinks were sold with the lads providing a wonderful waiting service, taking orders from the car booters and delivering refreshments to order."

And she added: "The weather was better than anyone could have hoped for, so all in all, a resounding success."

Meanwhile, the big cycle event held at Melrose Primary School on Tuesday, October 2, has raised another £450 for the Melrose skate park project.

And children were invited to have their bikes and scooters stamped at the event by police.

Susan said: "The weather was not in their favour but the children threw themselves into it with great enthusiasm, perhaps a wet muddy field to show off their agility, being part of the attraction!"

Last month, the Border Telegraph printed the first computer generate image of how the new skate park could look if money could be raised for the project which is now estimated to cost £150,000.

A site has already been identified at Priors Walk in Melrose. However, supporters have denied the project could be delayed 10 years if any items of historical significance are found at the site.

Susan explained: "The mis-quote about a 10 year delay for our project, was in fact my mention of Saughton Park in Edinburgh having taken 10 years to complete.

"The skatepark project is progressing well, with so much support evident. Many more fundraising ideas are being looked at with a mega zumbathon being organised through FitBorders early next year."

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