There was movement in Thirroul for the word had got around- the Northern Suburbs needs a skate park for the kids!
Wollongong Council says there’s a nine year wait, so the locals have taken up the mantle, and have started rattling cans to have one built, sooner rather than later.
Part of the awareness campaign will see a Pop-Up Skate Park erected at the southern end of Thirroul beach on Saturday March 7 from 10am to 4pm.
This is a free event, to give people an idea of the benefits a skate park would bring to the youth and community of the area.
There will be an opportunity for kids to have a skate on the half-pipe, as well as demonstrations by the Illawarra’s leading skaters, and clinics for learners.
Lobby Group spokesman Barry Strachan says the group is keen for the skate park to look
like an oasis, with trees and beautiful colours, so it fits in with the surroundings, and they’re keen to provide ongoing support, to minimise demand on Council resources.
“We’d like to run clinics and take over the ongoing management of what is essentially a sporting facility,” Barry says. “We feel this is a great location in terms of lighting and exposure, and would partner with Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre to maximise the social benefits, as well as the health benefits this facility would bring.”
Barry has been a skateboarding enthusiast for many years and says skating is a great social platform for kids. “Its a chance for them to share, encourage each other and try new things without the pressure of a team sport. They can learn at their own pace and everyone is welcome. All we need to make this a reality is the actual facility!
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