SKATE HAPPY: Will Shelton, Josh Watson and Zachary Greig say the new and improved skate park is an awesome upgrade.
SKATE HAPPY: Will Shelton, Josh Watson and Zachary Greig say the new and improved skate park is an awesome upgrade. Kate McCormack

Skate park revamp a hit with all ages

SKATE enthusiasts were in for an early Christmas surprise last Friday after discovering the local skate park on Chinchilla Street was open and ready to use once more.

The much anticipated $300,000 upgrade was finished ahead of schedule, much to the delight of Chinchilla's youth and young at heart.

Young scooter stuntman, Will Shelton said it was great to see the park ready to use once more, just in time for the holidays.

Zachary Greig, Will Shelton, and Josh Watson are very happy with their new and improved skate park.
Zachary Greig, Will Shelton, and Josh Watson are very happy with their new and improved skate park. Kate McCormack

"It's awesome now because the old skate park has a lot of massive cracks in it, and if your scooter got caught you could fall off and get pretty badly hurt,” he said.

"Now the park is new and smoother, it's a much better place to come and skate.”

The project was initiated by Chinchilla residents Brad and Claudia Ehlers back in 2016 after seeing the potential in a new foundation.

In 2014 the park received some patch-up work but the Ehlers could see this wasn't going to cut the melon, so to speak.

After turning to Councillor Peter Saxelby for advice, The Ehlers began the Facebook page "Refurbish Chinchilla Skate Park and extensions” and created a petition to raise support from the community.

Two and a half years and 400 signatures later and the refurbished skate park is finally a reality.

After selecting one of four designs put forward by skate park developers the park was constructed by Concrete Skateparks, one of Australia's most reputable in the industry.

Along with a $200,000 grant from the State Government, the council also contributed $100,000 towards the project.

A skateboarder, himself Mr Ehlers said it's important to get kids off the computer screens and into the fresh air.

HALF-PIPE HEROES: Will Shelton, Josh Watson and Zachary Greig are very happy with their new and improved Chinchilla skate park.
HALF-PIPE HEROES: Will Shelton, Josh Watson and Zachary Greig are very happy with their new and improved Chinchilla skate park. Kate McCormack

"Everyone's stoked about it and it's getting used like crazy,” Mr Ehlers said.

"I've been down to the park a few times now and it's almost always packed with kids having a go, which is exactly what we wanted to see.”

Zachary Greig, Will Shelton, and Josh Watson are very happy with their new and improved skate park.
Zachary Greig, Will Shelton, and Josh Watson are very happy with their new and improved skate park. Kate McCormack

Mr Ehlers said they planned on holding an official grand opening sometime in the New Year, with more details to come.


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