The ESP was formed in December of 2001 with the intention of lobbying
the council to look at the provision of an outdoor concrete skatepark
for the capital. Initial meetings enjoyed huge support from the
skateboarding, bmxing and roller blading community and the council
quickly pledged their support to the scheme. The promise of a significant
cash investment from the Millennium fund looked like meeting the
larger part of the cost and with this in place campaigning started
with the view to building the skatepark in the Meadows.
This proposal however did not come to fruition with a bylaw preventing
further building on the Meadows. It was suggested that this bylaw
could be overcome through the parliament however it was felt that
in the interests of time a second site needed to be identified.
Inverleith park was chosen due to its central location, large size
and existing sports usage however after a long campaign and mixed
local feeling the planning application was narrowly defeated at
the planning hearing by one vote at the end of 2005.
Throughout this time the ESP members had attended local meetings
and worked closely with the council to offer advice and guidance
when required and keep the project on track to deliver a skatepark
to fit the needs of the user group. Despite this disappointing decision
the ESP enjoyed the support of the council and set about finding
a new suitable site for the skatepark by visiting over 20 locations
Saughton Park was finally chosen as the ideal location for the skatepark
due to the excellent transport links, existing sports usage of the
park and refreshingly positive attitudes of the majority of the
local residents and community groups. To this end the planning application
was submitted and finally granted in December 2008 and financial
support followed from both Sport
Scotland and WREN. The next 6 months saw the ESP fine tuning
the design and working with the council and architects to ensure
that the Saughton skatepark is one of the best in Europe.
Enjoy the park!...s
The Skatepark Layout:
The final layout for the Saughton Park
site was developed by the skaters and riders in the ESP group
in conjunction with architects Urban Design Futures and Dave Sowerby
acting to produce the layout plans. The skatepark layout covers
approximately 2100 square meters and features a mix of bowl and
street features to cater for all skill levels.
View the skatepark design >