Kick flips and ollies will be on show when the newly-developed, multi-million-dollar skate park on Walla Street officially opens to the public on 25 June.
A festival of fun will be held at the Central Park location with the Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative hosting a skateboarding competition as part of the day.
The opening will also feature action sports demonstrations and learn-to-skateboard workshops from Fastplant Skateboarding along with famed skateboard athletes in attendance.
Bundaberg Regional Council's sport and recreation portfolio spokesperson Cr Vince Habermann said the completion of the new skate park had been long-awaited by many in the community and all were invited to celebrate on Saturday June 25.
“This will be a fantastic day out for the whole family, whether you skate, BMX, scoot or just like to spectate,” he said.
“This major investment is part of our ongoing commitment in providing the community with top-grade facilities and spaces of recreation, to give our athletes more opportunities to finetune their skills and to offer our youth more places to have fun.”
Cr Habermann said the completion of the skate park had come after extensive community consultation began in 2020, with many residents invited to have their say on how the area should be shaped.
“Our parks team reached out to the skateboarding, BMX, scooter and roller skating community to ask their advice on the design of the new park while acting as a reference point as the project progressed through all stages,” he said.
“There was fantastic feedback overall from a wide range of residents.
“Their input has helped Council to create the amazing new development that we have today.”
Plenty of elements packed into Walla Street Skate Park build
Cr Habermann said diversity and inclusion for all was at the top of list when it came to planning the new skate park.
He said there were three separate skate areas, featuring multi-level ramps, stairways, and plenty of shade for community members to enjoy the great outdoors.
“Council wanted to work with the community to build an area that was useable by any and all, no matter what age or skillset,” he said.
“The key features of the new skate park include a beginner bowl, an intermediate bowl and a street section.
“The facility has also been designed to help foster the region's young sporting stars and will greatly assist in preparing our local skateboarders for the competition circuit.”
Cr Habermann said he was looking forward to the launch at Central Park and to see what the future holds for the region's skating enthusiasts.
“Who knows, this skate park just might help pave the way for our next Olympic sports star or Bundaberg’s very own version of Tony Hawk, the greatest skateboarder of all time!” he said.
Walla Street Skate Park, located at 24 Walla Street, will officially open to the community on Saturday 25 June from 8 am.
This is a free event.
The Central Park upgrade is supported by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Program.