BY JADE MORELLINI
The Inner West Council has listened to the calls of young people and has created the newest state-of-the-art skate space in Sydenham Green.
Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne will be officially opening the space on Saturday 10th February, where they will be holding a free BBQ and skate demonstrations from 11am – 1pm.
“Too often, the voices of young people are ignored,” Mayor Byrne said. “Here, we have a project that they have helped design and which has now been delivered – a state-of-the-art facility that will be used by young people not just from across the inner west, but also the whole of Sydney.”
During the planning process, the council wanted to ensure the skate space would be effective, fun, inclusive and accessible for anyone. There are ramps to all platforms, which were developed with Wheel Chair Motor-cross sports, and they have a range of skate types. These include a transition ramp, street skate and a bowl ramp.
The new $2 million facility also has parking, accessible car spaces, lighting, shade structure, a drinking fountain and seating.
Trent Evans from Sydney Skateboard Association said, “I can’t believe how exciting this is. Finally, somewhere in semi-central Sydney is going to have an up-to-date skate park… the proper first skate park in the inner west. This is literally going to be a game changer for so many skateboarders in Sydney.”
The skate park was designed to be environmentally friendly with ‘Green concrete’ lowering the amount of non-renewable energy intensive Portland cement by up to 65%.
To minimise electricity consumption, LED lighting has been implemented, as well as over 20 trees, which will increase the urban tree canopy.
The design was developed with input from the community and stakeholders contributed over a number of consultation sessions.
The Inner West Council have some more recent and planned improvements for Sydenham Green to make it more appealing for the community and visitors.
These include a new playground shade structure and replacing the half-court basketball court with two full sized basketball courts with Roller Derby track line marking.