New Floodlighting Arrangements

Skate Park - Payment Arrangements for Floodlighting

From January 30th 2016 floodlighting will no longer be free. As you can imagine we need to recover the cost of the lighting. We have taken advice about the system to use from other charity skate parks in the UK.

After dark, lights will only go on when a lighting card is put into the card reader which will be attached to the green lighting control box. Lighting cards will cost £2 and will keep the lights on for one hour. We are making arrangements for lighting cards to be purchased from the Inverness Leisure Centre. Only members will be able to buy lighting cards, so the Leisure Centre will only sell them to members who can show their membership card. Becoming a member involves completing a membership form and paying a minimum of £10. If you are under 16 the membership form will need to be signed by a parent. Membership forms are available from the downloads page of the website. If possible please pay by standing order. A member of the committee will be at the skate park between 6 and 7 pm on Thursday Jan 28 and Friday 29th to sell membership cards. Someone will also be there from about 11.30 am on Saturday 30th.

HSPA is already helping to develop interest in wheeled sports through its coaching courses. These started in 2011 with help from Gordon Scott and Taran Campbell. Skateboarding is now taken by Alvin Hunte, BMXing by Kyle Dempster and in-line skating by Michael Vass. The courses are at the week-end at the Hilton Mall. For more information please see the Facebook page ‘Highland Skate Parks Assocation’ or contact Joanne Cameron at 01463 870551.

Funding for the skate park has come from the Big Lottery, Sport Scotland and the Inverness Common Good Fund. In addition two private charitable trusts contributed smaller sums so that the bowl area could be larger. HSPA is grateful to these major funders and also to all the other organisations that have contributed in-kind. These include Brandon Landscaping, Breedon Aggregates, GF Job, Ground N Gardens, HIS, Lafarge Tarmac, Simpsons Garden Centre, and Tulloch Homes.

You can also support the skate park by helping HSPA to cover the annual cost of maintenance, insurance and floodlighting. The membership scheme costs £10 per individual and £15 for a family. The benefits include discounts on coaching courses and at some local shops catering to users of the park. For more information see

HSPA was set up in 2011 following links between the Muir of Ord and Inverness groups. Since then its trustees and committee members have worked hard to raise the funds and execute the work. However, they built on foundations prepared by others over the previous ten years. They include Councillor Graham Ross, Youth Development Officer Shona Macdonald, Skate Park builder Andrew Hornby, Creative Skatestore owners Chris Wilson and James King and many others.

Since the award of the funding last year important contributions have come from Donald Mackenzie of Compass Builders, from Taran Campbell who worked closely with Iain Young of Concreate to come up with the winning design, from Iain Young who built the skate park and from Alan Jones, who acted as the project manager as well as helping with funding applications.

For more information about the Skate Park and planned activities please see the website, the Facebook page or contact Joanne Cameron, Trustee and Secretary on 01463 871551.

16 Dec 2014 12:44

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