Skate park on a roll

ABOUT five years of dreaming, organising and waiting have paid off for Harry Douglas.

When he was in Year 6, he thought a skate park would be a great facility for Aberdeen.

To get the idea rolling, he started to talk to people about its potential, and received support from a number of locals including Fiona Tickle and Hunter Valley Local Area Command youth liaison officer Sheree Gray.

Next Thursday, the new Deen City Skate Park will be officially opened.

Harry, now 16, is pleased to see the facility is already being used by keen skaters and riders.

“It is pretty good – they seem to like it,” he told the Hunter Valley News.

“I think it will get some people out of trouble.”

The project costs $110,000 and Upper Hunter Shire Council provided $60,000, the NSW Government contributed $25,000 under the 2013/14 Sport and Recreation Participation and Facility Grant Program, and Deen City Youth Group, the team which the skate park was named after, raised $25,000.

Members of the public are invited to attend the official opening at the skate park’s Jefferson Park location at 2pm on January 15. And, the person who suggested the chosen name of the skate park will receive a $100 Seven complete skateboard from wiK’ed Frogs Board Room in Singleton at the function.

Aberdeen Lions Club will cook sausage sizzles so those planning on attending are asked to register by contacting [email protected] or 6540 1175.

Upper Hunter Shire mayor Michael Johnsen said Jefferson Park was already a popular location and becoming an ever better recreational destination for all ages.

A concept design for new, existing, and future facilities at Jefferson Park can be viewed at the Upper Hunter Shire Council website.

LONG WAIT IS OVER: Harry Douglas, 16, is pleased to see people are using the new Deen City Skate Park, which will be officially opened next week.

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