Upgrade breathes new life into skatepark

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin joined Lismore City Mayor Cr Steve Krieg to jointly open the upgraded Goonellabah Skatepark.

Source: Lismore City Council media release

LISMORE City Mayor Steve Krieg and Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin today officially opened the upgraded Goonellabah Skatepark.

Designed by skatepark specialists Trinity Skateparks with input from local enthusiasts, the upgrades include new ramps, a ‘pier 7’ ledge, manual pad, loading dock and hydrant, flat rail and a slappy kerb. The upgrades were designed to create more beginner-friendly elements for riders to develop their skills.

In addition to the new features, extensive maintenance work was undertaken by Trinity Skateparks on the existing bowl, transitions, and flat surfaces to improve the skate surface and prolong the life of the park.

Mayor Krieg said the skatepark, opened in 2009, was in need of a refresh.

“Works actually finished ahead of schedule and the feedback I’ve got so far is very positive,” he said.

“It’s important that we have good quality facilities like the Goonellabah Skatepark for our young people.

“Now that the skatepark is open, Council is holding free Skate Clinic Workshops through the school holidays. In encourage anyone who wants to learn how to skate or sharpen their skills to register and come along.”

Facilitated by Truckstop Sk8 School, the workshops are designed for kids aged 5-14 years and cater to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced skaters.

Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said it’s good that the State Government, through this program, could back in the Council for these improvements.

“The State should be backing any opportunity to support young people getting outdoor recreation and exercise,” she said.

“When State and Local governments work together, we get good outcomes.”

The $306,193 upgrades were funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities program.

Caption: Lismore MP Janelle Saffin and grandson Gabriel check out the upgraded Goonellabah Skatepark with Lismore City Mayor Cr Steve Krieg and young skatepark users Jasper Pym, 6, and Eden Pym, 8.