Plan for £1m skatepark in Fort William taking shape
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.’