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Demolition of Skatepark - 17 Sept 04
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Demolition of Skatepark - 17 Sept 04

The skatepark being demolished as it had become unsafe.

Pic copyright of Garve Scott-Lodge.
Picture added on 17 September 2004 at 12:15
I think my cousin, Iain Hogg, was one of the kids who campaigned for the skate park to be built. I remember it caused a few heated discussions at my Granny & Grandad's house (they live in the first house on the Denny, and objected to it quite strongly). It can't have been more than, what? Five years old? Are there any plans to replace it?
Added by Kirsten Garratt on 17 September 2004
As with all things in Cromarty, it was popular at first, as it was a novelty. But regular users were few and far between in recent years. Skate-jams (not sure if that is the right name) did seem to be very popular though. Not too fussed myself, but i know a lot of people will be upset by this. 5-aside football pitch as a replacement? Hope so.
Added by Greig Thomson on 19 September 2004
I'd think the concrete base would be about the right size for a basketball court.
Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 19 September 2004
The skatepark was an exciting venture for those involved. Jackie Shewan was a brilliant mentor. It is a shame that the main group of skaters were getting to the age for jobs and universities soon after it was completed. The other sad fact is that after the group had skated the same park day after day the thrill of having it was gone and they were once more looking for handrails, steps and other bizarre obstacles to skate; I know; I was their 'road manager' on away trips! They competed at the British Skating Championships in London and did Cromarty proud....... and were all in favour of skating round Newcastle station if we ever passed through there again. They were a pleasure to be around.
Added by Ann Hill on 22 September 2004
This skate park was amazing! One of the only things in Cromarty that managed to engage my interest and give me something constructive to do in my teenage years. It's true that after the first group of skaters had grown away from it that it never saw the use it deserved but I was very sad to see it burnt to the ground.
Added by Duncan on 05 June 2009
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