FIVE potential sites for a skatepark in Bo’ness have been revealed, ahead of a public meeting on May 29 for which a big turn-out is hoped.
As publicised in the Journal and Gazette in February, a call for the town to have its own facility for skateboards, scooters, BMXs and inline skaters attracted nearly 700 Facebook supporters in two-and-a-half weeks.
Mum-of-two Kay Sherratt who set up the online petition, has since formed the Bo’ness Skatepark Association. It has drawn up the shortlist after ideas from Facebook and a questionnaire.
Now public feedback is wanted. Childminder Kay said: “We are having a public meeting for anyone to come along and voice views on the skatepark, for it or against it, and just to give us any ideas.”
She added: “If people have anything at all they want to ask about, come along and hopefully we can answer their questions.”
The five suggested locations are:
*the foreshore, opposite East Pier Street;
*the former piggery site at Gauze Road, next to St Mary’s School;
*land between Ewart Grove and Pennelton Place;
*Grangepans, opposite Ballantine’s Foundry;
*Calder Park, at the back of Deanfield Road.
The association anticipates the ex-piggery site will be a popular option, given its proximity to Bo’ness Academy and the recreation centre.
But all options are open for discussion on Wednesday, May 29, at the Bo’ness Town Hall meeting (6-9pm).
It will be led by Kay’s partner and committee chairman Tony Christie, plus Councillor Sandy Turner.
Aerial site images will be displayed. Once a frontrunner is identified, the association will explore it in detail, including permissions and costings.
Costs for a skatepark could be around £20-£30,000.
The association will have a fundraising stall at the Victorian Street Fair on Sunday, May 26, (noon-4pm).
There will be a donation box, as well as homebaking on sale.
Keep an eye on Facebook (Bo’ness Skatepark Petition) for other fundraising events. A band night could be in the pipeline.
Committee members are: Tony Christie (chairman), Colin Spence (vice chairman), Stella Grigor (secretary), Donna Fortune (treasurer), Elaine Boyd, Jane Keay, Nicola Chapman, Kay Sherratt.
Kay thanked Councillors Ann Ritchie and Sandy Turner, plus Arthur Berg of Falkirk Environment Trust, for all their help to date.
Free kids and adults’ association membership cards will be given out at May 29’s meeting.
Falkirk, Winchburgh and Kirkliston have skateparks. A Bo’ness one would save local children travelling, Kay said.