NAROOMA’S skaters and riders hope Saturday’s SK8 and Scooter Drop-in event reinforces how important the skate park is to them and the need for it to be expanded.
This is the second go at the event as previously it was rained out.
Working with council’s youth development worker Angie McMillan to organise the event is Tyron Zammit, who said the main reason he ran for Eurobodalla Shire Council recently was to get the dollars spent on the park.
“It’s all about awareness and to show off skating to get the extension sooner,” Mr Zammit said.
“I hope it will show how popular it is.”
Mayor Brown said a $150,000 skate park expansion was to be listed in the council’s 2013/2014 budget and consultation with users and the community would begin next year.
“There will be some time spent on the design as skate parks have changed over the years and now have to accommodate skaters and scooters,” he said.
One option with the Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) moving into the Narooma Sports and Leisure Centre was to move the youth café from the library complex into that building, he said.
This should help alleviate any problems of unsociable behaviour at the park and non-skaters congregating there.
Those on skateboards and scooters at the park this week said they were just looking forward to the event and a new expanse of concrete bowls, ramps and rails.
They pointed out that other town’s had their parks expanded and Narooma’s own park was often crowded and its small size limited expression.
Down the highway at Bermagui, fundraising efforts continue to get a skate park for that town built.
Saturday’s skate park event will see a competition in different ages and skill levels, with music by local skater Liam Clothier, who will have his decks out.
The Narooma Lions Club who will be cooking up a storm with their barbecue trailer and also lending their support are Nu-Tech Sound & Visual and St John Ambulance Australia.
The full SK8 and Scooter Drop-in program, bus timetable and registration form, is now available at www.esc.nsw.gov.au by clicking on Youth on the Services menu.
Protective equipment must be worn and, for participants under 18 years old, parents or guardians will need to sign the waiver form.