17th February 2018
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False dawns over as skatepark finally opens

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Shetland’s skatepark is finally open – ending more than a decade of false dawns and frustration and already delighting enthusiasts.

The skatepark project at the Knab is very nearly complete – it only awaits the addition of an acoustic fence before its official opening.

Thumbs up for the new skateboard park from Michael Waterhouse, Patrick Thompson and Brendan Higgins.  Photo: Dave Donaldson

Thumbs up for the new skateboard park from Michael Waterhouse, Patrick Thompson and Brendan Higgins.
Photo: Dave Donaldson

Youngsters at the skatepark this week described it as “amazing” and “well overdue”, and praised the work of Shetland Skatepark Association that had made it happen.

Biker Sam Pearson said: “It’s a safe environment and keeps us off the road. The skatepark group has worked really hard.” Skateboarder Michael Williamson said: “Everyone who has skated is so grateful it’s ready at last and all that work has paid off. Everyone’s really enjoyed it and it’s open to all levels of performance.”

The skatepark, which cost around £214,000 and took only 12 weeks to build, is the proud culmination years of hoping, planning and fundraising by the association.

Association treasurer Kaye Williamson said: “It’s really good to see the youngsters at the skatepark. There’s really good camaraderie and everybody’s really happy.”

• Full story in this week’s Shetland Times.

The new skatepark proved to be a big attraction this week. From left: Luca Watt, Michael Waterhouse, Patrick Thomson, Ciaran Shaw, Kevin Stove, Keiran Jamieson, Luke Sinclair, Brendan Higgins and Cory Williamson. Photo: Dave Donaldson

The new skatepark proved to be a big attraction this week. From left: Luca Watt, Michael Waterhouse, Patrick Thomson, Ciaran Shaw, Kevin Stove, Keiran Jamieson, Luke Sinclair, Brendan Higgins and Cory Williamson. Photo: Dave Donaldson

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About Rosalind Griffiths

I am a Shetland Times reporter covering news, including health stories, and features. I have been in Shetland for more than 30 years.

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