How­long Skate Park of­fi­cially opens

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

Per­fect weather con­di­tions greeted the many smil­ing faces at How­long Skate Park’s of­fi­cial open­ing on Sat­ur­day.

The of­fi­cial open­ing held at Lowe Square pro­vided 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.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke said coun­cil was proud to cel­e­brate the How­long Skate Park open­ing with the How­long com­mu­nity and hoped that How­long’s youngest res­i­dents would en­joy the new space for many years to come.

“A fan­tas­tic day was had by all at the open­ing and it was great to see so many smil­ing faces us­ing the new skate park,” Mayor Bourke said.

“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 as 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. Coun­cil would like to ac­knowl­edge the com­mit­ment to this pro­ject not only from our lo­cal groups, but that of the NSW Gov­ern­ment who sup­ported Coun­cil with a con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion to de­liver this new fa­cil­ity for the bet­ter­ment of the How­long com­mu­nity.”

Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin said the NSW Gov­ern­ment has been pleased to sup­port the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to in­vest near $200,000 of merger funds into this com­mu­nity as­set.

“This new skate parks gives our young peo­ple a pos­i­tive rea­sons to get out and get ac­tive,” Mr Aplin said.

“I would also like to ac­knowl­edge the mag­nif­i­cent sup­port and hard work of the How­long Youth Park Com­mit­tee who pushed for the pro­ject and pro­vided $15,000, the How­long Lions Club ($25,000) and the How­long Op Shop ($5,000). This was a real com­mu­nity ef­fort of which you can all be very proud. It’s a tribute to Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil that we can work to­gether on projects which build richer, health­ier re­gional com­mu­ni­ties like How­long.”

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, YMCA Ac­tion Sports De­mon­stra­tions, Timmy G and the Com­mu­nity of How­long.

Lions Club of How­long rep­re­sen­ta­tives pic­tured pre­sent­ing a $30,000 cheque to Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke and Gen­eral Man­ager Adrian But­ler which went to fund­ing the new How­long Skate Park.

The How­long Skate Park has many new fea­tures for kids of the com­mu­nity to en­joy.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke re­ceived a large round of ap­plause and cheers as he en­ter­tained the crowd with many tricks at the How­long Skate Park Of­fi­cial Open­ing on Sat­ur­day.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Matt Smith, Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Gen­eral Man­ager Adrian But­ler and Mayor Patrick Bourke, Sheila Smith from the How­long Op­por­tu­nity Shop, How­long Lions Club pres­i­dent Mark Shields and Lions Aus­tralia District Gover­nor Norm Walk­ing­ton.

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