Skate park wheels start rolling

AFTER almost three months of temporary construction fencing sitting around the Ballina skate park, work has finally started on its $260,000 upgrade.

Casino bike rider Adam Trustum reckons 'it's about time'.

“It's going to be heaps better, there'll be more jumps,” the 15-year-old said.

“I'm really looking forward to seeing it finished.”

The extension will basically double the size of the skate park and will include a big bowl.

There also will be a new streetscape section, which will include rails and ledges.

Construction is expected to take about 12 weeks.

Adam said the increased size of the facility would give bike riders and skateboarders more room to 'do their thing apart'.

He said it would 'work out well' for those who used the facility, as there was some tension between the two groups when they were crammed in together.

Adam's mate, Graeme Mudd, 15, of Newcastle, said the Ballina skate park was 'heaps better' than the one back home.

“It's a lot bigger and there's heaps more stuff to get up,” he said.

Ballina councillor Peter Moore, a long-time supporter of the skate park, said the extensions would lift the facility's profile.

“Canberra has traditionally been one of the hot spots for skaters, but what we're doing here surpasses what you see in Canberra,” he previously told The Northern Star.

Meanwhile, planning is also under way for Ballina's annual Fair Go skate festival, which this year is being run by a community steering committee.

It will be held at the skate park on October 11 and will include demonstrations, competitions, entertainment and prizes.

Paul Scharka, owner of Truck Stop Sk8 and a sponsor of Fair Go, said it was important for the community to work together on the festival, as it was the only annual youth event in Ballina.

Fair Go needs 'organisational geniuses', sponsors and volunteers to help out.

If you can assist, call Paul Scharka on 6686 6720.



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