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Teenager raises more than £7,000 for Barnton skate park

Proud day for Tom Rowley when the Sir John Brunner Skate Park opened

The Sir John Brunner Skate Park

A popular skate park is back in action – largely thanks to one inspiring teenager’s determination.

Sixteen-year-old Tom Rowley raised a staggering £7,187 towards replacing the community facility on Nursery Road Recreation Ground in Barnton .

Barnton Parish Council were looking at a bill of around £53,000 so Tom stepped in to do his bit to ensure its future.

Tom Rowley with the ramp named after him after he raised so much money towards replacing the park

The passionate BMX and stunt scooter rider launched a GoFundMe campaign and held fundraisers to help meet the costs of demolishing the rundown site and constructing the new Sir John Brunner Skate Park, which officially opened to the public on September 30.

Tom revealed he felt ‘proud’ of himself that he managed to exceed his target by thousands of pounds.

Teenager Tom Rowley raised more than £7,000 to ensure the future of Barnton's skate park facilities Image supplied by Tom Rowley

He said: “I always say to people if they ask me why were you the one to raise the money ‘because if I hadn’t the old skate park would have been demolished never to reopen'.

“The Sir John Brunner Skate Park looks very smart and modern.”

The project was also part-funded by Viridor Credits, along with donations from local businesses and schools.

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