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$1.14 million Kangaroo Bay skate park worth the wait

AFTER more than five years in the making, the new $1.14 million Kangaroo Bay skate park has been declared officially open.

The state-of-the-art facility was unveiled on Sunday 3 April during a special community event that included skating demonstrations, local musicians and children’s activities.

Designed by a local designer with input by the local skating fraternity, the skate park, which has been built to national and international scale, will have the potential to host major competitions.

It includes an international standard competition street course and bowl, and a stage to be used for the council’s Carols by Candlelight and other events.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said it was exciting to see the skate park finally come to fruition after working with young members of the community, the skating fraternity and sporting groups.

“The opening of the Kangaroo Bay skate park has been eagerly anticipated, especially since construction began, and it is very pleasing to see it be embraced so positively by our community,” he said.

Mayor Chipman said the idea for the skate park was first initiated by a group of young people wanting a facility for skaters in a central location in the city.

In 2010, the group presented the council with a petition of 442 signatories calling for the facility.

“[The young people] showed a lot of initiative and were passionate in telling us what they wanted in our city to make it more enjoyable.”

Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said that she was delighted to see the completed project, which received $100,000 in Tasmanian Government funding.

“The skate park provides a central meeting place for avid skaters on the Eastern Shore where they will refine their skating skills and affirm friendships through their love of skating,” she said.

“It also allows an additional area for children and young people to leave their computer consoles and get out-and-about to develop positive attitudes towards their overall fitness and wellbeing.

“I am confident that the skate park will see much use and enjoyment well into the future and I congratulate the Clarence City Council and all the stakeholders involved in making this dream become a reality.”

Mayor Chipman said the skate park was something that all members of the community could be proud of.

“We hope that all users will respect and take care of the facility so that it can be enjoyed for many years to come,” he said.

“The skate park is an important component of the Kangaroo Bay Urban Design Plan and will help revitalise the area as a significant waterfront leisure precinct.”

Southern Tasmanian Skateboarding Association president Chris Speer testing out the big bowl at the official opening of the Kangaroo Bay skate park in April.