More than 100 skaters, scooter and BMX riders and onlookers have turned up for the official opening of Murray Bridge’s much improved, $800,000 skate park.
Locals including Sam Waters had told the council the old park was too small and did not cater well to younger skaters who were still developing their skills.
In response, the council sought the advice of local skaters on a design and, after its applications for grant funding came up short, stumped up the cash itself.
The result, Mr Waters said, was unreal.
“It’s one of the best skate parks I’ve ridden in SA, and it’s in your home town – I don’t think it gets much better than that,” he said.
The reviews were similarly glowing from some of the other skaters present.
Shea Reddington said he was loving it, and it was great to see so many people coming out of the woodwork and getting their bikes out of their sheds; Harry Stone declared it “cool”; Ashley White said it was “sick”.
Mayor Brenton Lewis said the nearby “pump track”, a temporary facility set up while the renovations were being completed, would now be made available for use by schools and community organisations in other parts of the Murray Bridge district.
He encouraged anyone interested in hosting it for a while to contact the council.