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New £120,000 skatepark for Aberdeen’s beachfront

Transition Extreme's Matthew Smith puts the current park through its paces
Transition Extreme's Matthew Smith puts the current park through its paces

A new £120,000 skatepark will be built on Aberdeen’s beachfront next year.

The centre – which will feature new “street style” obstacles – will be built by Transition Extreme next to their current extreme sports building.

The Aberdeen-based youth sports charity has received the funding for the skatepark from environmental charity, Aberdeen Forward.

The expansion will allow the charity to build upon its youth work programme, which develops life skills and confidence in youngsters across the north-east.

Transition Extreme also hope the new facility will match some of Europe’s best skateparks and promote Aberdeen as a place for skateboarders, BMX-ers and in-line skaters to visit.

The current facility is in line to close on January 18 until March 1 while work is carried out.

Other facilities such as the climbing wall and cafe will remain open.

Head of Transition Extreme, Grahame Paterson, said: “We’re very grateful to Aberdeen Forward for their generous support. The investment marks an exciting new chapter for the centre.

“At Transition Extreme, we have a long standing record of helping young people who are struggling to find their place in the world. Our youth programmes are second to none, using extreme sports to help young people turn their lives around.

“The new skatepark will allow us to expand on this work and offer more opportunities throughout Aberdeen and beyond”.

The design of the new building will be revealed following the outcome of a customer feedback survey.

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