Craigie Park skatepark is set for a fresh new look as council chiefs are planning to refurbish the existing site.

It is being upgraded as part of a programme of enhancements that also includes the upgrading of the adjacent play area.

Following a council consultation with skaters, scooter users and BMX bikers, the original steel-framed skate ramps have been removed leaving only certain other, more recently installed, steel ramps still in place.

In the space vacated by the removed ramps, a new layout of concrete skate ramps is proposed to be constructed to complement the remaining steel ramps to provide an overall better designed layout for the various skatepark users.

There are currently two design options being considered by the council.

A South Ayrshire Council spokesperson said this week: “Design options of the proposed concrete ramp layout are currently out with the skatepark users for further consultation to decide on what the best option to move forward with is.

“The chosen option will be revealed in the coming weeks.”

However, the options were posted by Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown on Facebook and the response from skaters on the post was not supportive of the plans. 

At issue was the transitionary nature of the planned ramps, with skaters advocating a more street style layout with stairs and rails.

The current plans would mean only one or two people could use the ramps at a time say the commenters.

In response, the council have said: “The original design proposals are now being revisited following some initial feedback.

“Skatepark users can get in touch by emailing if they would like further information on the proposals and to leave their comments and suggestions.”