AHR SECTORS
CIVIC & COMMUNITY

BLACKBURN
SKATE PARK


  • THE PROJECT WAS CONCEIVED BY PROACTIVE MEMBERS OF COMMUNITY ACTION BLACKBURN (CAB), A WEST LOTHIAN COMMUNITY BASED ORGANISATION WITH A REMIT TO ADDRESS CONCERNS REGARDING ALCOHOL, ULTIMATELY LEADING TO IMPROVED HEALTH, FAMILY LIFE, OPPORTUNITIES AND A REDUCTION IN ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR.

  • In response to public consultations, there was a desire to provide a wheeled-sports facility within the village that would allow young people to engage in positive, recreational activity in sports. It was hoped that this would not only provide a healthy sporting activity but also have a diversionary function away from other negative, risk-taking or anti-social behaviour.

    The target groups for this activity were young people aged approximately between 10-18yrs at risk of social exclusion. Initial funding from West Lothian Council enabled successful Stage 1 and Stage 2 funding applications to Big Lottery, Community Spaces Scotland. An award of £250,000 was made. The actual site was selected by the youth of Blackburn for its accessibility to all parts of the village and privacy from overlooked housing. ”We want it to be our place” they said. The site was leased by West Lothian Council to Community Action Blackburn.


  • Wheelscape carried out the construction in late 2013 and opened in May 2014. Graffiti artists provided instruction and hands on experience for young people to produce artwork around the bowls and features. The park is now used by all ages, both local and from farther afield from the larger conurbations. The skateboarders, skaters, scooters and bmx’ers mix, socialise, talk, text, social network and occasionally ride in the place they can call their own.

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MARTIN ROBINSON

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RADBROOK VILLAGE

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