Work to begin
Watersports centre Wavegarden gets council backing
The project will transform a disused quarry
A world class watersports destination on the edge of Edinburgh is expected to go ahead after the project’s backers won support from the city councillors.
Wavegarden Scotland, the company which will develop Scotland’s first artificial surf park, has received planning permission to redevelop the disused Craigpark Quarry near Ratho.
Work will begin on site over the coming months and the facility is expected to be open to the public in late Spring 2021. It will be among the most advanced surfing and water sport facilities in the world, capable of hosting elite-level sports training and development.
The project’s backers will make up to £500,000 worth of financial contributions to community facilities and infrastructure through a planning obligations agreement. The facility expects to create up to 130 jobs and generate £11m a year for the economy.
A footbridge will be built over the Union Canal to improve links with the neighbouring Edinburgh International Climbing Arena.
The proposal received overwhelmingly positive feedback from a public consultation event held to update the local community last month.
Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure which is developing Wavegarden Scotland, said: “We know that this facility will deliver many benefits for the local community and for Scotland. It will be a fantastic destination for locals and tourists alike and Wavegarden Scotland will offer an amazing opportunity to nurture surfing and sporting talent in this country.
“We have a number of announcements lined up in coming months that will show our commitment to local business, sport and philanthropy. These announcements will help cement our case for this to be a world class destination for all ages and demographics.”
Christine Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West, said: “As the local MP for Ratho, I am delighted the village will host Scotland’s first surfing park. This will be a great attraction west of the city.”