Skate park set for official opening

Just in time for the school holidays, the city’s young people will be able to celebrate and test out the world-class facility at a community event on Saturday July 7. The day will feature free lessons with pro skaters, demo’s by Totem Skateboarding and King Pin teams, competitions and loads of prizes and giveaways.

The official opening will be marked with a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Marianne Saliba on Friday July 6 at 12pm midday.

The skate park, located on Addison Street, Shellharbour Village, features 20 different types of design features including a skate bowl, several street style skate features including hubbas, a pole jam, vert wall, mellow banks as well as a bowl up to 9ft in depth, concrete vertical ramp, hob walls with metal edges and flat banks.

The park was designed mainly for skateboarders of intermediate and advanced skill, but can also be used by beginners, scooter and BMX riders and roller skaters.

Other infrastructure will include drinking fountains, skateboard tool station and bins. There will also be seating, a shaded area and a public art piece. The car park will also be renewed with a few parking spaces added.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the Skate Park’s opening marked the culmination of extensive community consultation. Strong engagement with the city’s young people in particular had resulted in a facility that would suit people of all ages, she said.

“I believe this is one of the best community consultations we’ve done. Council staff have done a wonderful job gathering the opinions and needs of the community,” Cr Saliba said.

“This renewal and upgrade will increase the public profile of the youth and skate communities within Shellharbour city. The design reflects the community’s current and future needs and addresses gaps in current regional youth infrastructure, as highlighted in community consultation,” she said.

“Council’s goal was to create a multi-generational facility for all ages and skill levels within the Illawarra region. Skate parks are a great place to meet and be involved in an activity that is exciting, healthy and popular.”

Two face-to-face community engagement sessions and an online survey were used to obtain community input prior to developing the concept design of the skate park.

Approximately 45 people participated in the community engagement sessions and 126 people participated in the online survey.

A further community engagement session was held to present the draft concept design prior to finalisation, approx. 30 people attended this session.

Two community engagement sessions were held to obtain community input into the development of an art piece that will be included in the skate park in the near future.

Design and construction of the skate park cost approximately $750,000, which was allocated from Section 94 funds (Special Rate Variation and Asset Improvement Program).

VFG Skate Parks designed and constructed the park and were also responsible for a recent upgrade of the Fairy Meadow skate park.

NOTE: Council will also host several other events during the school holidays, including a 20th anniversary celebration of the Blackbutt Youth Centre on Sunday 15 July. For more information check out Council’s social media or website.

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