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Work on skateboard park to begin

Saughton skateboard park plans
The new skatepark will cover a 2,000 sq m area of Saughton Park

Construction on an outdoor skate park at Edinburgh's Saughton Park is to get under way at the weekend.

The £750,000 project has been in the pipeline for more than 10 years, as backers struggled to find a site.

Contractors Clachan Construction are expected to complete the building work by early Spring 2010.

The 2,000 sq m park will feature beginner areas, intermediate ramps and competition-standard areas for use by amateurs and advanced skateboarders.

Previous attempts to create a skate park failed at Inverleith Park in 2006 because of a by-law issue, while proposals to open one at the Meadows in 2003 were scrapped because of the area's conservation status.

Edinburgh councillor Deidre Brock, said: "Our sports team has worked very closely with the Edinburgh Skatepark Project to create the best possible facility and I know skaters are very excited that these plans are now finally coming to fruition."

Sam Paterson, of the Edinburgh Skatepark Project, added: "We feel that, with the completion of the Saughton skatepark, Edinburgh will have a facility truly worthy of a capital city. It's been a long wait."

Saughton Park will stay open while the new park is being built.

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