Nimbin park bowls them over
WHEN Nimbin's skateboarders were forced to say goodbye to their beloved skate park over noise issues, few expected the new facility could match the world-class park they were losing.
But the replacement park, at Peace Park, is now well and truly open and once again skating enthusiasts from across the region are flocking to Nimbin to jump, zip and flip at a skate park that has already become renowned across Australia.
Todd Gallagher of Coraki started regularly taking his 10-year-old son to the park after hearing good things about it soon after it opened.
Now his nephew, 10-year-old Zane Gallagher from the Gold Coast, often comes with them.
"It's as good as the one on the Goldie, there's heaps of bowls and it's smooth when you're dropping in," Zane said.
Manny Ales from nearby Blue Knob couldn't speak highly enough of the park where he brings his son Oscar, 14, several times a week.
"I'm almost 40 and too old to skate now but we're always seeing people coming here from Ballina, Lismore and even Evans Head," he said.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said the park's popularity meant it was helping the village's businesses as much as its young skaters.
"It's already been a great boon for businesses because people are spending longer in Nimbin, buying a coffee or milkshake and a pie, plus the shops are starting to sell skateboard goods like trucks and decks so there has been a great economic spinoff," she said.
While the critically-acclaimed park features rave reviews on key national skateboarding websites, Cr Dowell puts the success down to extensive consultation with local kids and building on lessons learnt at Goonellabah Skate Park.
"At Goonellabah we had the designer and the builder but when we went to Nimbin we cut out the designer and went straight to the builder because they modified the Goonellabah skate park as they built it and we were so impressed with them we knew they would deliver a quality product," she said.
"Plus we insisted there was a lot of consultation with the local kids."