Plans rolled out for skatepark in Peebles

Published: 4 Dec 2012 09:300 comments

YOUNG people in Peebles could be jumping for joy if the aims of a new community group in the town are realised.

Peebles Youth Facilities Initiative surveyed almost 400 young people aged between eight and 16-years-old and the results revealed the most popular attraction they would like to see introduced to the town would be a skate park.

The launch of the Peebles Youth Facilities Initiative was first promoted by Phil Gates at a meeting of the Peebles Community Council back in April this year.

Since then Phil, along with a group of parents and like minded individuals have been progressing the idea of improving the lack of free facilities in the town.

Speaking to the Peeblesshire News this week, Phil said: "One of the key themes that came out of the survey was the lack of free facilities for older children.

"The first project we hope to undertake, which is supported by the survey results, is the building of a scooter/skate park in Peebles.

"We believe that this would be of major benefit to the young people as well as an excellent way for children of all ages to be inspired by others around them."

The group are determined to involve young people in the process and for them to take an active role in the choice of location for a skate park and the design.

An open meeting will be held in St Joseph's Community Centre, Rosetta Road, Peebles, on Saturday, December 15, at 3.30pm.

Phil added: "We need young people to share their ideas with us and help us with fund raising initiatives to take this forward."

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