Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil to host How­long Skate Park open­ing

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Coun­cil is ex­tend­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to How­long’s wider com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate the official open­ing of the How­long Skate Park this Satur­day, Novem­ber 24.

The official open­ing at Lowe Square is set to pro­vide an ex­cit­ing at­mos­phere for all ages with YMCA Ac­tion Sports Demon­stra­tions, Timmy G prizes and give­aways, face paint­ing and a bar­beque.

The Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Fund en­abled the ad­di­tion of the $201,900 Skate Park to the Lowe Square Play­ground up­grade to cre­ate a recre­ational space that now caters for fam­i­lies, chil­dren and youth of How­long.

The How­long Youth Park Com­mit­tee worked to­gether with the com­mu­nity also for the skate park and raised $15,000 to­wards the project. The project was also fi­nan­cially sup­ported from the How­long Lions Club (and Lions Aus­tralia) who com­mit­ted $25,000 along with $5,000 from the How­long Op Shop.

The de­sign con­cept skate park was pre­pared by award win­ning skate park de­sign­ers Con­vic who are lead­ers in youth space and skate park de­sign.

The ‘street ter­rain’ style skate park has a num­ber of fea­tures, in­clud­ing 900H (3ft) quar­ter with door­way, 300H (1ft) kicker to kicker, 400H round flat bar, 350H ledge, 1200H (4ft) bank with 750H jer­sey bar­rier ex­ten­sion, banked hip, 1200H (4ft) mini ramp and a 1500H (5ft) quar­ter pipe.

Mayor Pat Bourke said the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil was look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing the How­long Skate Park project with the com­mu­nity this Satur­day and hoped that How­long’s youngest res­i­dents would en­joy the new space for many years to come.

“The How­long Skate Park project is one of the many new in­fra­struc­ture in­stal­la­tions or up­grades to oc­cur as part of coun­cil’s Play Space Up­grade Pro­gram,” Mayor Bourke said.

“Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil is plac­ing a strong fo­cus on im­prov­ing the live­abil­ity of our area, as we work to meet the needs of our res­i­dents, sup­port youth and at­tract young fam­i­lies.

“Come along to the spe­cial open­ing and cel­e­brate with coun­cil the de­liv­ery of the How­long Skate Park project which I have no doubts will be a new space that our res­i­dents will en­joy for many years to come.”

The official open­ing at Lowe Square, How­long will be­gin at 11am on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24. Coun­cil would like to thank the fol­low­ing event sup­port­ers: NSW Govern­ment, Lions Club of How­long and Aus­tralian Lions Foun­da­tion, How­long Skate Park Com­mit­tees, How­long Op Shop and the com­mu­nity of How­long.

The Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil wil be of­fi­cially open­ing the How­long Skate Park this Satur­day.

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