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Call for feedback on new Lismore skate park plan

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Lismore City Council is calling on local skaters to provide insight into the design of a potentially new skatepark in the Lismore CBD.

Council’s Manager of Liveable and Active Communities, Tony Duffy, said the existing skatepark near the river was well past its useful life.

‘Council wants to take advantage of upcoming grant funding for community infrastructure to build a new and improved skatepark to cater for the needs of the youth of Lismore and surrounds,’ he said.

‘We have engaged skatepark experts and designers, Convic, to undertake a concept design for a new skatepark in anticipation of a success grant application.

‘The first step in the process is to hear from local youth, skaters and riders to find out what they would want out of a new Youth Precinct and Skatepark in Lismore.’

If grant funding is approved for the project, the creation of a regional skatepark in the youth precinct within Lismore Park near the corner of Uralba and Dawson streets, will add to Lismore’s reputation as the regional sporting capital of NSW.

‘Lismore already has some wonderful sporting facilities that attracts various competitions from around the state and the country,’ Mr Duffy said.

‘This continues to benefit our local businesses and jobs as those playing or coming to watch these sporting events spend money in our city, whether it’s at our motels, restaurants, clothing stores or other retailers.

‘With skating now an Olympic event, and many world-class skaters coming from our region, a new skate park will be another string in our bow and attract even more visitors.’

The online survey is available on Your Say Lismore at www.yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au and will be open for 2 weeks. Please head there to let us know what you want from a Youth Precinct. Survey closes on Wednesday, 22 December.

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  1. Skate park: great idea, and make it challenging for the youth of today and tomorrow. It should be designed by those of today, not some desk bound óldie’ from the Jurassic period. In our day, which would be called The Olden Days, c.late 1950’s & 60’s the Mullum train platform and the CWA ramp would just not cut it. It was a big deal for Mullum & Brunswick kids to travel to Lismore for the annual Coca Cola Yo-Yo comp. Entry was free and you got a free Buddy Coke. As skaters we were beside ourselves when the servo was built in Brunswick with all that groomed concrete, right at the time decimal currency was released, 14th Feb 1966, I was 12 but looked more like a dwarfish 8yo. My skateboard was a roller skate that cost 4 shillings attached to a mini board fashioned from my hero’s surfboard, “Midget” Farrelly. I sat through the entire recent Olympics skateboard comp, it was incredible.


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