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Facts

SOME FIGURES AND FACTS

The project was mainly funded with Scottish Executive's Quality of Life Fund via Dundee City Council, to the tune of about 230,000.

The remit of the project was to provide a permanent, free skatepark, close to the city centre. In terms of land usage and setting Dudhope Park is an ideal location. It's got a great view, and the historical usage seems to legitimise the promotion of physical activity. A building that used to be more or less on the site until the mid 40's, was used as a gymnasium among other things..

Prior to its present use, Dudhope Park and Castle had been used as a military base. The landscaping is largely limited to the steep slopes of the park allowing the grass areas to be used for active and passive recreation, including a playground, bowling greens and tennis courts.
source: http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/outdooractivities/parks.htm#dudhope

The skatepark is  approximately 1000 square meters designed to be bounded by grass mounds up to 2 meters high, designed to cut, if not stop, the noise of the park for the peace of near-ish by residents. An estimation by the Planning Dept says that the skatepark takes up less than 1% of the total park area.

Restraints on size due to budget etc. mean that the deepest bit of the skatepark; a square-bowled end, is 1.8 meters (6 foot). The highest skateable feature however, is a 3 meter (10 foot) wall ride to the north.  It is, in skateboarding terms; a mixed flatbank / transition park with a restricted amount of coping.

'SWAV' : Skaters With A Vision was set up in Dundee in 2003 to raise the public awareness, and to raise money (above the money the council had already donated) for the park project. In 2004, in recognition of  their influence;  2 members of SWAV were invited to the Holyrood garden party to meet the Queen! SWAV-related art projects to make the park super-funky and possibly raise more money for functional improvements are ongoing. Stay tuned...

 

The project has been entirely designed locally. 

The main contractors were Clachan Construction and Duracrete.

The construction phase started on July 27th, 2005 and was opened by the City Council on February 27th, 2006

http://www.skateboardscotland.com/news.php?id=060302

http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/output/
2006/02/27/story8072151t0.shtm

 

 


 

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