Penicuik skatepark will be staying open later this autumn and winter, thanks to a new lighting system at the park.
The lights were officially switched on by Caroline Sanderson, Edinburgh and Midlothian grant manager with Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN).
The new system cost around £15,000 and was funded by WREN – an organisation which provides financing for environmental projects which benefit the community – with support from the Penicuik Crime Prevention Panel and Midlothian Council’s Community Learning and Development Team.
Caroline said: “I am absolutely delighted to switch on this new set of lights for the Penicuik skatepark.
“The new lighting means that young people will now be able to use the skatepark safely after dark.”
Jack McGowan, secretary of the Penicuik Crime Prevention Panel, expressed his gratitude, saying: “We agreed to provide third party funding of approximately £1600 for this important project, and we are grateful for the contributions we received from Colin Irvine of Findlay Irvine Ltd and from Lt Col Dougie Graham of 2SCOTS at Glencorse Barracks.
“This left us with around £1,100 to find and we dug deeply into our own funds to provide this.”
Councillor Peter Boyes, Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for education and communities, commented: “I am very grateful to WREN, the Penicuik Crime Prevention Panel, Findlay Irvine Ltd and 2SCOTS for their support for this project.
“Since opening in 2007, the skatepark has been extremely popular with young people in Penicuik.
“However, the users had been telling us that they wanted the park to stay open later in the evenings – especially over the autumn and winter months, when it is often already getting dark by the time the schools close.
“Local youngsters themselves put together the application for funding, with support from our community learning and development team.
“I am delighted that the new lighting has now been switched on and that they will now be able to hone their BMX and skateboard skills safely over the winter evenings.”