Following more than three years in the planning stages, the new Bulahdelah skate park at Alum Mountain Park, opened to the public late last year.
And, later this month the impressive facility will be officially opened with a special community day of celebration.
The skate park, which replaces an older, smaller space, was a true community project driven by Bulahdelah Lions Club with assistance from local school students, community groups, MidCoast Council and the Federal government.
The finished park is the result of extensive community consultation to assist with the design including a local focus group that was established early in the process to work with the designer, Trinity Skate, MidCoast Council community spaces recreation and trades manager, Dan Aldridge said.
Council unofficially opened the park in time for the 2020-21 Christmas holidays to allow the community to use the facility, despite some landscaping works still to be completed.
"The response to the soft opening was fantastic, the community has loved the skate park and it was so great to see people travelling from all across the region to enjoy this great new community facility," Mr Aldridge said.
he response to the soft opening was fantastic, the community has loved the skatepark and it was so great to see people travelling from all across the region to enjoy this great new community facility.Dan Aldridge
The official opening is planned for Saturday, June 26, from 10.30am-2pm with guests, mayor David West, Member for Lyne, David Gillespie and representatives from Bulahdelah Lions Club.
Formalities will be followed by beginner and intermediate skate workshops with the team from Totem skateboards, skate demos, a barbecue and lucky door prizes and give-aways throughout the day.
"We've had a couple of Totem workshops at other skate parks in the region and they are a great way for local skaters of all levels to get helpful tips and guidance from professionals," Mr Aldridge said.
"Anyone who wants to take part needs to register first, there's only 21 spots in each workshop and registrations can be made on the Totem skateboards website."
The Bulahdelah Lions Club raised $181,000 for the skate park, while council contributed $79,000 and the Federal government a further $50,000.
COVID-19 border closures meant the construction was delayed at times but Mr Aldridge said the final result was a great example of community and government working together.
To register for one of the skate workshops head to www.totemcollective.com/registration
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