New skatepark for Seymour
BY Jayden Sheridan
A new concrete skatepark has been developed at Seymour, to replace the aged steel ramp system at Chittick Park.
As a keen skateboarder myself, it is exciting news to know that Seymour’s new skatepark is finally getting under way.
The new location is situated to the side of the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre, near the tennis courts.
I feel this is ideal because it is away from unsafe roads and it is in a large space where people can gather and kids could run round and be kids.
People often see skaters, BMXers and scooter riders as hoodlums, hooligans, ferals or even delinquents. But, in all honesty, no matter how you look at it, it gives kids something to do with their time, it helps make friends, provides life lessons and teaches different skills. This is not just to do with skating or riding, but lessons that can be interpreted and used in everyday life.
One thing all skaters have in common which makes most skaters get along no matter there race, situation or personality, they all skate. This is the same with BMX and scooter.
And the thing that binds all of those things together is the skatepark.
The new park will definitely be an upgrade from the hot metal, boring and dilapidated ramps the people who use it are use to.
Unlike the old metal ramps, this with be a concrete skatepark, with a nice bowl, quarters, banks and a groovy little street section. And with the opening of this park we will be seeing events and chances for local shops, organisations and community members to get involved, with prizes, running the events and participate.
In a media release, Mitchell Shire Council said it awarded the construction contract for the new skatepark to Independent Concrete Constructions Pty Ltd.
The new is jointly funded through a $100,000 grant from the Victorian Government, under its Community Facility Funding Program, with a further $150,000 contributed by Mitchell Shire Council.
The new facility is about 490 square metres in area.
The community, and specifically young people, were consulted throughout the development and design phase of the project through social media and feedback sessions. Their ideas and input have been incorporated in the final design.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Rodney Parker said: “The need for improved recreation facilities was also identified as part of the Mitchell Shire 2013 Youth Consultation, as well as identified as an action in Mitchell Shire’s Open Space Strategy 2013-2023.
“The new concrete skatepark will be a great improvement over the steel ramp park that is currently in use. The new park will also incorporate a shelter with seating, bins and a drinking fountain.”
Author Jayden Sheridan is one of the youth consulted for the new skatepark.