Revitalised Balcombe Heights Estate Skate Park officially reopened
Written by Alive 90.5 FM on 17 April 2019
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Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne joined professional BMX rider Brandon Loupos, Winter Olympic silver medallist Jarryd Hughes, skate sensation Amar Hadid and pro scooter riders Warwick “Wazzeh” Beynon and Spencer Chermside in officially re-opening Balcombe Heights Estate Skate Park after extensive renovation works.
The refreshed skate park was developed in conjunction with Council and a specialist skate park designer following community consultation with avid skater, scooter and bike riders, park users, interest groups, young people and their parents.
During the opening, Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne thanked those who contributed to the vision, the planning and the construction of the much-loved public asset.
“The park is an excellent example of residents and the skate, scooter and BMX community working hand-in-hand with Council to create a wonderful community asset which meets the needs of The Hills Shire,” Mayor Byrne said.
“Council has been able to fund this project directly – a great example of Council re-investing in community infrastructure.
“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the vision of this project, especially Andrew Young and Kaz McDowall. You’ve helped to create a truly special place that can be enjoyed by all and I am pleased so many of our residents are using this renewed asset,” Mayor Byrne added.
During the opening, attendees tried out the revitalised skate park, which includes a bowl and various new street skate options.
They also enjoyed skate demonstrations and participated in lessons.
The re-opening event marks one of a number of activities Council is supporting as part of Hills Shire Youth Week celebrations, including a yoga class, songwriting workshop, family fun day and much more.
For more information on Youth Week celebrations, visit The Hills Shire Council website (www.thehills.nsw.gov.au) and search “Youth Week”.
Alive 90.5 FM Chair Gillian Schrikker with Australasian Scooter Association President, Brett Waesch