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.