All ramped up to skate in Smythesdale
An eager group of young skaters undeterred by the cloudy skies were the first people to officially take to the redeveloped Smythesdale Skate Park at its opening on Friday 31 May, 2019.
Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle MP officially opened the skate park, joined by Woady Yaloak Rec Reserve Committee of Management Chairperson Bronwyn Cranny; Golden Plains Shire Deputy Mayor Joanne Gilbert, and Crs Des Phelan and Helena Kirby; Member for Western Victoria Andy Meddick MP, and an enthusiastic group of local families to celebrate the impressive new facility in Smythesdale.
The significant redevelopment of the Smythesdale Skate Park at 55 Heales Street includes a big blue half pipe, several new ramps and skate elements, sheltered seats, and a basketball ring. New landscaping works have completed the community facility. The project was funded by $150,000 from Golden Plains Shire Council and a $100,000 Sport and Recreation Victoria grant from the State Government.
Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey said the redeveloped skate park is an impressive recreational facility for families living in the north of the Shire.
“Golden Plains is a large Shire and we are pleased to deliver this impressive recreational facility for our growing population in the north of the Shire. The redevelopment was designed for all ages with ramps and elements to suit all abilities and cater for all wheels – skateboards, roller skates and scooters.
“The young people who turned out to participate in free skate clinics on opening day had a blast. The single-digit temperature and drizzling rain didn’t bother them at all and seeing their excitement made opening day a real community celebration.
“It’s a significant investment for the redevelopment of an existing skate park, but Council is committed to delivering top quality community facilities and we thank the State Government for supporting this wonderful project. It’s a great location near the primary school and recreation reserve, and we’re sure the new skate park will be a popular destination for young people of Smythesdale and all the surrounding townships.”