THE $530,000 refurbishment of the Sale Skate Park is complete.
It now has new jumps, ramps, bleacher seats and grinding edges, with works undertaken on the skate bowl and construction of a new multi-court and seating.
Mayor Carolyn Crossley said skate park users had been “champing at the bit” for it to open.
“Council worked very closely with community representatives of Sale skate park users throughout the pre-planning and design process, so it is great to see their vision come to fruition,” she said.
“The contractor, Precision Skate Parks, has worked hard to complete the upgrades in a relatively short timeframe, and has done a great job.
“I am sure we will see the skate park buzzing with users of all ages and skating and riding abilities in no time.”
Additional works in coming months will include access paths, climbing nets and barbecue shelters as part of the larger Port of Sale precinct redevelopment project.
A basketball hoop, ramps, quarter pipe, and bowl are all complete, and already proving popular.
One mum, Sarah Bourns, said it was great to see the range of ages looking after each other.
“It’s just amazing; this new park is such a step-up over the original,” she said.
“It seems to suit all different age groups, and they’re all riding politely.
“It’s a good mix for the big kids with some skills, and for the little kids that are in awe of them.”
Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said the skate park was a wonderful asset for the community.
“The new skate park has been designed for the whole community to use, providing a safe family-friendly environment where families can have a barbecue, shoot some hoops, pick up a skateboard or get on a scooter,” Mr Chester said.
“The skate park, as part of the broader Port of Sale redevelopment, is a tourism drawcard and will bring skaters and families into the Wellington Shire.”