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skate park ‘re-opens

​SKATERS will be able to test their skills on the first vert ramp in the Illawarra when the Fairy Meadow Skate Park reopens on Thursday.

Wollongong City Council has been upgrading the park since July to include the new vert ramp. Other improved features include walls and incorporated hubbas, replacement transitions and hips, box extension, rail wall ride, hips and rail, hob wall with metal edge, wedge ramp, and a new lick of paint.

And if the only part of that sentence you understood was “lick of paint”, you’re not alone. But for skaters, the revitalised park has enormously improved the skate experience.

In addition to the vert ramp, which is eight metres wide and three metres at its highest point, the existing concrete surface has undergone grinding for an even smoother riding surface.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the concrete grinding has significantly improved the experience of the park.

“Council worked closely with local and expert skaters to design the new features of the park,” he said. “The result has been an improvement to the exciting skate precinct with upgrades suitable for beginners to the more experienced users.

Public art has also been incorporated into the space. Art workshops were held with skaters and students from local schools to design a mural inspired by our coastal landscape and youth and skate cultures. The workshops also inspired the designs painted on three bench seats that look like giant skateboards.

“I invite skating enthusiasts and spectators to come along to the reopening celebration on Thursday November 3 between 4.30pm and 6pm at Fairy Meadow Skate Park, off Cambridge Ave, Fairy Meadow,” Cr Bradbery said. “Don’t forget your helmet and other protective equipment so you can enjoy everything the park has to offer.”
For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit Council’s website.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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