How will the project benefit the local community?
The Wavegarden will be a community asset that as well as a unique, world class, inland surfing environment can be used for sports development, family gatherings and small group meetings. The surrounding country park will provide a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space for leisurely strolls or scenic cycling. Young families will also be able to enjoy the free wild play area, while those so inclined can test their skills on the dedicated bike tricks track.
What will be the economic impact of the project to the area?
Wavegarden Scotland is estimated to generate 155,000 visits and a £11 million net economic benefit to the locality annually through on and off-site tourism expenditure. Due to improved wetsuit technology, Wavegarden Scotland has the potential to be a year-round attraction and directly support Edinburgh’s ambition to extend the tourism season.
How many jobs will the project create?
Wavegarden Scotland will generate approximately 80 temporary construction jobs over the two-year construction programme and an additional 129 permanent direct and indirect jobs when operational.
Will there be a discount for local residents?
Yes. There will be a local resident’s discount scheme, the details of which will be revealed closer to opening. Our goal is to ensure every child in the Ratho area under the age of 16 has a chance to try surfing for free at our facility.
Will children be able to take advantage of subsidised access to the facilities?
Given the high capacity that the Wavegarden Cove facilitates, we will be able to provide concession rates for children. A potential learning/class plan has also been formulated by our education consultants.
Will community groups be able to use the lodges?
Charities, youth and community groups will be able to rent the lodge and smaller accommodation pods at reduced or subsided rates. Wavegarden Scotland is working with a number of organisations to ensure that various charities, Scottish pathway and high performance athletes, as well as school children from within the City of Edinburgh Council legislative boundary, will have a chance to visit through subsidised stays. These arrangements are currently under discussion and will be finalised once planning is granted.