Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Yamba to ramp up skate reputation

The Clarence Valley town of Yamba is now home to one of Australia’s premier skateboarding destinations with the completion of the Yamba Skate Park upgrade.

The revamped skate park is more than 1,000 square metres bigger than the original skate park and set to cater for the ever-growing popularity of skateboarding and roller sports in the coastal town.

“This upgrade is an exciting addition to the Clarence Valley’s busiest skate park,” said Clarence Valley Council Manager Open Spaces and Facilities, Peter Birch.

“It now not only has such a diverse range of new obstacles, ramps, stairs, rails, flats, and lots of fun, creativity-inspired skateable elements, but also boasts a super advanced and fast three-metre deep clover-style bowl to rival any skate park on the east coast of Australia.”

Yamba Skate Park
He said the final design was borne out of the vision and passion of the Yamba Skate Working Crew (pictured, main photo) – a committee established in 2020 and made up of Council representatives, community members and skaters to reinvigorate the space and create a design “generated from the heart and soul of the community”.

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The Council project was assisted by funding from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan secured $500,000 towards upgrading the skate park, and said it was exciting to see it completed.

“The skate park is in the heart of Yamba, surrounded by a newly upgraded playground and also sporting fields. This makes it a great spot for families, young people and tourists,” Mr Hogan said.

Council says the centrally located skate park will likely help further invigorate Yamba, attracting locals and tourists to the CBD.

“It is set to become a cultural hub for local skateboarders and visitors alike while offering skate enthusiasts a world-class facility never seen before in the Clarence Valley,” Council said in a statement.

The official opening of the skatepark on the corner of Coldstream Street and River Street will be held on Saturday, 30 July from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

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