Port Lincoln Skate Park upgrades complete

The newly upgraded Port Lincoln Skate Park will be officially opened on Wednesday following the completion of major upgrades and extensions.

Works on the skate park were completed last week and upgrades include more varied skating obstacles for different skating levels, additional street skating equipment, shelter, shaded seating and improved pedestrian access.

The upgrades were based on the outcomes from extensive consultation with skate park users.

Port Lincoln City Council is inviting the community to the official opening at 10am Wednesday, with Minister for Planning Stephan Knoll to officially open the skate park with mayor Bruce Green.

The council received $200,000 in matching grant funding from the state funded 2016/17 Open Space Program in February to assist with the skate park redevelopment.

Mr Green said the upgraded skate park provided a high quality and safe environment that catered for a variety of skills and needs.

“This wonderful facility provides opportunity for our young people to exercise, socialise and gain new skills, and the additional seating and shade is ideal for parents and friends to sit and enjoy the talent on display,” he said.

“Come along to the official celebration at 10am on Wednesday, September 12 for a piece of cake and see local skaters showcase their impressive skills at the skate park.”

Mr Green said this past weekend was the first time the park had been open to the public since work began in May and he had seen youth there “in their hundreds” using the upgraded facility.

Barney Chambers is from Adelaide and does some skating in his free time and said the upgraded skate park looked “amazing” and looked better suited for first time skaters.

He said this, along with the new skate park at Cummins provided good skating options for local youth.

“It’s good for the kids, they need a place to go,” he said.