Bruns skate park to open

The long-awaited Brunswick Heads Skate Park will be officially opened on Sunday.

“Basically it will be a fun morning for the kids,” said Sk8Brunswick Taskforce member Paul Hastrich, “so that the kids can take ownership and see some pro riders.

“It will be a low key event, mainly for the local kids.”

So although Byron Shire councillor Diane Woods, a member of the taskforce has been invited to do the honours by officially opening the park that has been 10 long years in the pipeline, and other councillors have also been invited, the emphasis on ‘casual’ means there will be no long speeches, but rather an attitude of ‘let the fun begin.’

The fun begins with a demonstration as three top professionals dazzle with their grinds, ollies and air grabs.

Local skate label Afends in Byron Bay and Globe International are sponsoring the professionals, and they, along with Brunswick Surf Shop are donating spot prizes for the local kids.

After the demonstrations, 15 minute ‘expression sessions’ will be allocated for specific sections, beginning with time for the under 13s, then the BMX bike riders, and finally the over 13s, after which it will be open for all.

“Globe has given us heaps of skate magazines to give away, and skate decks,” said Paul, “and these and other donated goodies are what we will be walking round giving away as spot prizes.”

Peligucci is donating a Cliche skateboard valued at $180 for the raffle to be drawn about 2pm, with funds raised going towards shade cloth at the southern end of the skate park.

For refreshments Mullumbimby/Brunswick Rotary will run a fundraising barbecue and the Juices2U van will be there to quench thirsts.

The official opening is at 11am, with the expression sessions starting directly afterwards, and then the chance for anyone who has not yet skated there the chance to confirm what so far has been the thumbs up from all.

“The feedback has been that it’s a good little park,” said Paul, “and since it’s a different design from those in Mullumbimby and Suffolk Park, it gives skaters the opportunity for a different skate.

“And its design means the big kids are in the bowl, but there’s space for the little kids as well.”

Cr Woods said the skatepark was a ‘wonderful new addition to the north of the shire’.

 She said the skate park would appeal to the beginner as well as the advance skater with challenging streetscape design elements of rails and steep slopes.

The Sk8Brunswick Taskforce, a subcommittee of the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce, has driven the project for the last 10 years on behalf of young people and the community, persevering despite many setbacks along the way.

Taskforce spokespeerson, Kim Rosen said the construction of the skatepark was a great example of community, business and local government working together to achieve a great outcome for youth.

“It also proves that with good design, it is possible to overcome serious space and budgetary constraints and produce an excellent facility,” she said.

“Even though it’s compact, some of the skaters who have already had a go have said that it’s ‘fully sick’. Byron Shire Council provided approximately $180,000 funding for the project and we are really happy that council has been working so positively with us over the last couple of years to get the park up and running for the young people.”

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