Skaters roll up to new Broke Skate Park
Following extensive community input, including from local schoolchildren, the much longed-for Broke Skate Park is now officially a reality.
The $506,300 project was funded by $310,000 under the Bulga Coal Voluntary Planning Agreement and $196,300 from the Federal Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure grant program, in response to calls from the community for a skate park in the village.
The project also included a new barbecue, picnic tables and shelter.
While there was a pause in construction because of COVID-19 restrictions that impacted Queensland-based contractor Trinity Skateparks, local skateboarders were the first to test out the facility in Stewart McTaggart Park today after it was opened by Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore.
Cr Moore said the state-of-the-art recreation and youth space was a real community project that began with the drive and energy of a Broke teenager nine years ago.
“While that teenager is now in his late 20s, I hope he can enjoy the rewards of his hard work and enthusiasm when he sees people using the space,” she said.
“It’s been great to see the our young people get involved in the workshop and drop-in sessions
during the design phase for the park and we can now see the results of their input not only through the inclusions for beginner and intermediate level skaters, but in the reflection of the surrounding natural materials and heritage of the area.
“This project really is a demonstration of what can happen when the community works together and I acknowledge Bulga Coal and the Federal Government for getting involved to help Council to make it happen.
The skate park incorporates street and plaza style elements in a modern facility accommodating beginner and intermediate levels for skateboarding, roller skating, scooters and BMX.
“Singleton has become a destination for playtime over the past couple of years with the delivery of a number of high quality playgrounds, including the latest at nearby Bulga,” Cr Moore said.
“I know the Broke Skate Park will be a destination for locals and visitors alike, and adds to the amazing stock of recreational facilities we have for all ages right across our local government area.”
Mayor of Singleton Cr Sue Moore, Ralph Northey from Bulga Coal, Warren Taggart who performed the Welcome to Country for the event, and Teegan Hayward from Bulga Coal at the opening of Broke Skate Park.