A skate park will be able to ramp up the fun after being awarded £24,000 of funding.
The Keith Rollerbladers, BMX and Skateboarders community group (KERBS) has been given the cash by the Moray Leader Programme to redevelop the skating facilities in the town’s Cuthil Park.
The new award, which has been partially funded by the Scottish Government, was announced by Fergus Ewing, the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity in Holyrood.
The KERBS group’s project to rejuvenate the ageing skate park began four years ago, and fundraisers have already raised tens of thousands of pounds towards their goal of transforming the site into a world class facility where local youngsters can have fun and exercise at the same time.
Keith councillor Theresa Coull said: “The Moray Leader Programme is all about supporting grass roots, community-led projects in rural communities, which describes KERBS perfectly.
“They’ve done such an amazing job on their own so far modernising the skate park and making it a really fun place for skateboarders, bikers and rollerbladers to enjoy.
“But they’re wanting to make it an even better place, and this funding boost will really go far for them.
“It’s been great so far, it provides youngsters of all ages with a great place to go and spend time together and develop their skating skills – they’re all very talented.”
Fellow Keith councillor Donald Gatt added: “Anything that gets our youngsters out of the house and enjoying fresh air and exercise is to be welcomed, and Keith’s skate park has proven to be a great success in this regard.
“This funding will make a really big difference to this project, which is of great importance to the whole Keith community.”
The Moray Leader Programme has also awarded £80,700 of funding to the Elgin’s Orchard project.
The cash will help the group, which is based at Kirkhill Farm in Elgin, to cover the cost of machinery to wash, crush and press fruit and vegetables before bottling and selling the juice around Moray.