Plan for £1m skatepark in Fort Wil­liam tak­ing shape

The Oban Times - - News -

A PROJECT which could see a £1 mil­lion skatepark built in Fort Wil­liam is tak­ing shape.

Fort Wil­liam pumptrack and skatepark, which is run by a group of seven Lochaber lo­cals, is try­ing to gauge in­ter­est in a skatepark sim­i­lar to the one in In­ver­ness.

Den­tist Gre­gor Muir told the Lochaber Times the group is run­ning a sur­vey to gauge in­ter­est in the project.

Mr Muir said in­spi­ra­tion for the skatepark came from see­ing his son and friends en­joy the one in In­ver­ness. He said: ‘ We are try­ing to move this along and get things go­ing. We have been look­ing at what High­land Skatepark has, which is phe­nom­e­nal and re­ally well used. It has a great en­vi­ron­ment for the chil­dren be­cause it’s got such a buzz about it.’

The group is look­ing at a few sites and plans to short­list ideas be­fore car­ry­ing out a fea­si­bil­ity study.

Based on the In­ver­ness park, which cost around £ 800,000 to build, Gre­gor thinks the group would need to fundraise about £1 mil­lion. He said the ex­tra money needed for here would be to buy a cover for the park to pro­tect it from ad­verse weather.

He said: ‘We would hope to get the fea­si­bil­ity study done on a cho­sen site around Oc­to­ber and, all be­ing well, we could have some­thing open at the end of next year. But we need to get peo­ple in­ter­ested first.’

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