Skate sneak peek

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Res­i­dents are now able to get their first peek at the nearly fin­ished Mar­garet River Youth Precinct. Pic­tured are trades­men from Con­vic, Chadwick Builders, Back­yard Cre­ations and Mar­garet River-Cowaramup Elec­tri­cal Ser­vice, with Ladriel Hack­ett and Nigel An­der­son, of the Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River. Con­trac­tors say this is one of the best projects they have ever worked on and are thrilled to be in­volved in the new skate park, which will ben­e­fit the re­gion’s young­sters.

The newly com­pleted Mar­garet River Youth Precinct will open to the pub­lic to­mor­row morn­ing af­ter a six-month clo­sure for re­de­vel­op­ment.

Lead­ing firm Con­vic, global lead­ers in skate park de­sign since build­ing the orig­i­nal Mar­garet River skate park in 1998, were awarded ten­der for the $2.4 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment.

De­sign man­ager Ja­son Ger­alis said the drawcard was the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard com­pe­ti­tion level bowl and re­ten­tion of the ex­ist­ing skate park. “As a re­gional fa­cil­ity, the over­ar­ch­ing cri­te­ria for the Mar­garet River Youth Precinct was that it pro­vides some­thing for ev­ery­body,” he said.

“Surf cul­ture has also been a ma­jor in­flu­ence.

“As the hub for ‘surf cul­ture’ in the re­gion, and with the close ties be­tween surf and skate as sports, the precinct will also pro­vide an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand on the al­ready-de­vel­oped com­pe­ti­tion in­fra­struc­ture, spon­sors, at­ten­dance and busi­ness in­flux into the shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River.”

The project was the big­gest as­sign­ment for lo­cal busi­ness Back­yard Cre­ations, whose past projects in­clude Cowaramup’s Sym­phony Wa­ters and streetscape work in Rapids Land­ing and Brook­field Es­tate.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steve Bolesta said work­ing along­side other lo­cal con­trac­tors am­pli­fied the com­mu­nity at­mos­phere of the precinct.

“Ev­ery lo­cal trade that was a part of the project seemed proud and mo­ti­vated to de­liver the best prod­uct they could,” he said.

“This is one of the most highly an­tic­i­pated projects for the lo­cal com­mu­nity that I can re­call.

“Yes, there are much larger projects in scale that have been be­fore and are cur­rently un­der way, though for en­gage­ment with all lev­els and ages of the com­mu­nity, this is spe­cial.”

The of­fi­cial open­ing would be held on Sun­day, June 3, from 3pm-7pm and in­clude live mu­sic, a skate com­pe­ti­tion, food vans, bas­ket­ball and laser tag.

Spe­cial guests in­clude Martin Luther King III and pro­fes­sional skater An­drew Bro­phy.

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Ty­ron Brad­shaw, Mark Sav­age, Zac McCart­ney, Steve Bolesta and Sonya Lees from Back­yard Cre­ations.

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