A slappy pad, pump track, spine, bowl, pyramid and pool coping are just some of the world-class new features of the Chinchilla skate park, which undertook a complete overhaul a few months ago.
The skate park has been open for a few months now, but Council wanted to officially acknowledge the great work that has been done with a an official opening of the new and improved park held on the weekend.
Council planned some fun community activities to coincide with the official opening as a way to celebrate this popular spot for the regions young people to enjoy.
The fun day kicked off with a family friendly Charley’s Creek Park walk/run from 7am, then a Boot Camp from 8am.
Following the official opening at 9am there were free demos and giveaways, face painting, laser skirmish was a huge hit with the kids and there were market stalls, and plenty of food – something for everyone.
The demolition and rebuild of the skate park took place in November and December last year.
Chinchilla residents Brad and Claudia Ehlers were two strong voices behind the community campaign for the new skate park.
“The old park had been used for around 15 years and was wearing out,” Brad said.
“It had quite a few patch-ups, but the surface was cracked and a bit dangerous, we even nicknamed it the ‘cheese grater’.”
“The various new obstacles include a slappy pad, pump track, spine, bowl, pyramid and pool coping, which is a kind of ceramic tile that is used for grinding on,” he said.
“These are some of the most up-to-date features in the world, making this park the envy of other skate parks across the state.
“I’ve been skateboarding since I was a kid, it’s really great to see more and more girls getting into the sport in recent years.
“But this isn’t just about skateboards, we are happy to see scooters, BMX bikes and even roller skates!
“We’re working to make this an inclusive, community place, where young people can feel safe.”
For more information about the activities happening at the reopening, visit www.wdrc.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 COUNCIL.
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