Skateboarders, skaters and BMXs get access to new Raymond Terrace facility

ALL IN FAVOUR: The mayor of Port Stephens Ryan Palmer and the council's general manager Wayne Wallis at the new Boomerang Park skate park. Picture: Sam Norris
ALL IN FAVOUR: The mayor of Port Stephens Ryan Palmer and the council's general manager Wayne Wallis at the new Boomerang Park skate park. Picture: Sam Norris

If youths can ride it, jump it or grind it, chances are it’s happening at the new Boomerang Park skate park.

The $200,000 facility was officially opened on Wednesday though a few cheeky thrill seekers might have already tried it on for size.

“This one requires more higher-level skills than other skate parks,” Port Stephens Council's community and recreation coordinator Brock Lamont said.

“The bowl really sets it apart from the others.”

The facility is one of two that’s been under construction in recent weeks, the other a more beginner-level design at Lakeside, still a few weeks away from completion.

“The one at Boomerang Park is a bit more on par with what’s at Wallalong but obviously people aren’t going to have to travel to it.”

APPROVED: The mayor Ryan Palmer and general manager Wayne Wallis. Picture: Sam Norris

APPROVED: The mayor Ryan Palmer and general manager Wayne Wallis. Picture: Sam Norris

The Boomerang skate park is but the latest project to be completed in the precinct. It will be a focal point for youths at the Illuminate festival on November 18 from 4pm with temporary lighting to allow them to use it after dark.

The mayor Ryan Palmer said the park continued to evolve. 

“As far as this park goes, we’ve now got a playground for younger children, this skate park for youths and young adults, and soon the croquet court,” he said.

“It’s a park that really caters to all ages.”

The design and construction was contracted to VFG after a competitive tender process. The firm had shown experience with skate parks in the Byron Bay area.

With the Boomerang Park skate park all but complete, aside from some benches, the council will decommission the facility next to MarketPlace.

The new location, being more visible to the public, is expected to discourage anti-social behaviour.

“We spoke to the police about the location and that’s a real advantage of having it here.”

The skate park, a fully-funded council project, is located off Irrawang Street, opposite St Brigid’s Primary School.

The Lakeside skate park, on Benjamin Lee Drive, is expected to open in the first half of December. It was part-funded through the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.