Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Yamba community gets onboard new skatepark

Yamba skateboarders have welcomed the impending construction of the town’s new skatepark, which will see it transformed from a local hangout to a world-class facility.

Clarence Valley Council Manager for Open Spaces and Facilities, Peter Birch said the local community had been instrumental in getting the project off the ground.

“This upgrade has been made possible by the passion and dedication of community members that brought the project to life,” Mr Birch said.

“The Yamba skatepark is to be a one-of-a-kind facility in the Northern Rivers, offering young people the opportunity to develop advanced skill levels in the skate bowl.

“The new park will be the envy of the region, a dynamic and youthful addition to the Yamba CBD.”

The skatepark was designed in consultation with the community and the young people who use it the most.

The centrepiece is a large clover bowl with a super advanced 3m deep end. It will be the key attraction as it offers corners and flow lines that compliment the existing pipes.

Yamba Skate Working Crew, which is made up of Clarence Valley Council representatives, community members and skaters was established in 2020 to finalise the design of the skatepark. Their aim was not only to reinvigorate the space, but it was also to create a design generated from the heart and soul of the community.

Crew member, Angela Lagos-Jay said the crew worked tirelessly to help deliver the project for the community of Yamba and the Clarence Valley.

“I’m so proud of this team, for all the work we did engaging with the skaters, local businesses and council to get this project happening for our town,” Ms Lagos-Jay said.

“During our weekly meeting at Blanc Space we listened to what the community wants, and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone when the skatepark is opened in mid-2021.”

Work on the new facility will start in mid November. The Yamba Skatepark upgrade is funded by the Federal Government Local Roads & Community Infrastructure Fund.

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