Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Shan­non Boch­enek

ABOUT 300 peo­ple at­tended the new Man­jimup skatepark’s first Demo Day Jam at the week­end, with many more pass­ing through to check out the ac­tion.

Tal­ented rid­ers from across the South West joined lo­cals to cel­e­brate the new park, which opened last week.

Event co­or­di­na­tor Jeremy Purdy said it was a “won­der­ful turnout” and the visiting rid­ers were im­pressed with the park’s de­sign.

“Some from Al­bany said it was one of the best de­signed parks they’ve ever rid­den,” Mr Purdy said.

“It wasn’t the biggest, but it was one of the most well de­signed and unique parks.

“These are the peo­ple who ride re­ally, re­ally well.”

Along with ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers, a group of more than 60 young­sters spent time be­ing coached on park eti­quette prior to the demon­stra­tions.

Mr Purdy said an in­for­mal com­mit­tee of about five mem­bers had or­gan­ised the jam and coach­ing and they hoped to grow and be­come for­malised in the near fu­ture.

“I’d like to see more coach­ing and events in the fu­ture, es­pe­cially be­cause the lo­cal group are so young,” he said.

“We’d like to get the par­ents more in­volved to drive this into the fu­ture.”

Pic­tures: Shan­non Boch­enek

A good crowd of lo­cals and vis­i­tors gath­ered towatch the park in use.

Zane Robert­son, 14, Bodie Robert­son, 10, Je­mery Tompsett, 6, and Joch Seroka, 11, spend Saturday af­ter­noon at the new park.

Some of the more ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers show­case their skills while younger rid­ers prac­tice on the street sec­tion of the park.

Cooper Leonard, 10, Caitlin Tompsett, 11, and Ray­mond May­ers, 12.

Fletcher Mi­len­tis, 11, Lachy Fisher, 12, and Isaac Femia, 12, test out the park on their scoot­ers.

Ray­mond Ugle, 9, with friends Thomas Thorne, 13, and Harry Narkle, 11.

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