There were whistles and cheers as Cr Diane Woods asked the crowd how they felt about the Brunswick Heads Skate Park, as she officially opened the long-awaited facility last Sunday morning.
“When we asked the youth of Brunswick Heads what three things they would like, they said a skate park for one, two and three,” she said.
“A lot of people have been trying to get this up for you.”
After the speeches and the ribbon cutting, it was time for the boys – and there is no doubt that it remains a predominantly male activity – to do their thing, and it would have taken a hard heart not to be moved by the grace, the skill and the daring of the participants, to see the many hours of practice behind the effortless swoops of wheels on concrete.
The opening was the culmination of 10 years of hard work from some very determined members of the community and although the park is small, with its design very much constrained by the limited space, the two separate areas of deep bowl and streetskate section with ramps, grinds and rail slides means that everyone from accomplished skaters to little kids wobbling down on a BMX can have a go.
And with the cost of the skate park coming in at $125,000, Cr Woods was happy to announce it was well under the budget of $180,000.
A pergola, seats, signage, bins and more landscaping will be completed in May, and a suggestion box has been provided to collect ideas for any further improvements, to be submitted to Byron Council by the task force.
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