Re­fur­bished draw­card a hit

Skate park a real­ity af­ter pe­ti­tion and Face­book page

Dalby Herald - - LIFE - Kate McCormack [email protected]­

SKATE en­thu­si­asts were in for an early Christ­mas sur­prise last Fri­day af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the lo­cal skate park on Chin­chilla St was open and ready to use once more.

The much an­tic­i­pated $300,000 up­grade was fin­ished ahead of sched­ule, to the de­light of Chin­chilla’s youth and young at heart.

Young scooter stunt­man Will Shel­ton said it was great to see the park ready to use once more, just in time for the hol­i­days.

“It’s awe­some now be­cause the old skate park has a lot of mas­sive cracks in it, and if your scooter got caught you could fall off and get pretty badly hurt,” he said.

“Now the park is new and smoother, it’s a much bet­ter place to come and skate.”

The project was ini­ti­ated by Chin­chilla res­i­dents Brad and Clau­dia Eh­lers back in 2016.

In 2014, the park re­ceived some patch-up work but the Eh­lers could see this wasn’t go­ing to cut the wa­ter­melon, so to speak.

Two and a half years and 400 sig­na­tures later and the re­fur­bished skate park is fi­nally a real­ity.

THUMBS UP: Will Shel­ton says the new skate park is much safer.

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