£250,000 revamp for top skate park

One of Scotland’s top skateboarding parks is set to undergo a major facelift.

West Lothian Council has announced plans to spend £250,000 on upgrades to Livingston Skate Park, which is popular with both skaters and BMX users from across the country.

The council has awarded a contract to Gravity Skateparks to develop the facility, which will include an upgrade to the existing skate park as well as an extension to include further bowl and street features.

Initial proposals include the installation of a full-pipe which would be the first of its kind in any skate park in Europe.

West Lothian’s executive councillor for culture and leisure Jim Walker said: “This investment underlines the council’s intention to keep Livingston Skate Park on the map as one of the top skate and BMX facilities in the UK and Europe.

“Since it was first built, there has been a significant amount of repair work done at the park but there hasn’t been any refurbishment on this scale for many years, so I’m sure this will be warmly welcomed by those that use the park.

“Those users were asked what they wanted to see built into the new designs and a focus group was also set up to ensure that the changes met the expectations of skaters.”

The work is set to start before Christmas and it is hoped that it will be completed in phases by May 2012.

Contractors are planning to keep the existing park open whilst work to extend the park takes place.

Once the extension is complete, contractors will begin refurbishing the existing part of the park.

Originally built in the early 1980s by the Livingston Development Corporation, Livingston Skate Park has long been recognised as one of the key facilities of its kind in Scotland.