Skates on in Newport to raise £150,000 for park

Members of the Newport Skate Park Collective with Tay Bridgehead councillor Bill Connor and North East Fife MSP Rod Campbell.
Members of the Newport Skate Park Collective with Tay Bridgehead councillor Bill Connor and North East Fife MSP Rod Campbell.

A GROUP of young skateboarders in Newport are hoping to pull off the impressive trick of raising £150,000 for a new skate park in the town.

The Newport Skate Park Collective has pinpointed a site at the Waterstone Crook sports centre and is now looking for funding to help make the project a reality.

North East Fife MSP Rod Campbell met the skaters and pledged his support for their ambitions, while the collective has also sought the backing of Fife Council.

Group chairman Michael Rennie (28) said: “We’ve had a few initial public meetings about the idea, which had quite a lot of interest, and there’s also a petition going.

“We want to build a concrete skate park that can be for the whole area — Newport, Wormit and Tayport.

“There’s already a small skate park in Tayport but it’s not a great facility.”

He went on: “We’re looking at a piece of land between the football pitches at Waterstone Crook and we’re in talks about that.

“It’s now a case of seeking support and funding for the project.

“We’re working with Fife Council and also local councillors Bill Connor, who set up the meeting with Rod Campbell, and Tim Brett.”

Gordon Forbes of Fife Council’s community education team said: “This project has been going on for some time and has gathered a bit of pace recently.

“My department was contacted about a group of young people in Newport who had approached an outgoing councillor with a petition of 100-odd signatures calling for a skate park in the town.

“I went to meet the group to discuss what they wanted to do, and we then held a public meeting in the Blyth Hall which about 60 people attended.

“It’s very much the group’s own project, although we’re trying to give them support and point them in the right direction.

“They’re trying to develop something with Waterstone Crook, and although a lot of hard work lies ahead in terms of getting funding, they’re hopeful they can end up with the sort of facility they want.”