Skate park part of Benjamin Lee Drive reserve facilities delivered under joint government initiative

State, federal and council funds have contributed to a new skate park for Lakeside, designed not just to be fun but to foster a sense of community.

The skate park and reserve works, which include a playground and hit wall for racket sports, were part of a $130,000 project.

“We designed this skate park to be really used friendly,” the council's community and recreation coordinator Brock Lamont said.

“We wanted to make the whole area more user friendly for families.”

TESTED: Ryda Syron, 8, of Lakeside, gives the new skate his approval. Picture: Sam Norris

TESTED: Ryda Syron, 8, of Lakeside, gives the new skate his approval. Picture: Sam Norris

Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer opened the facility with Cr Jaimie Abbott who represented the Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC, who was unable to attend, speaking about the significance of the facilities in the video, above.

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The $130,000 skate park and reserve works at Benjamin Lee Drive were funded by the Federal Government's Community Development Grant, the NSW Government's Social Housing Community Improvement Fund, which each contributed $50,000, along with $30,000 from Port Stephens Council.

COMMUNITY: Lakeside artist Mitch Hogan and son Blake, 5, with the wall. Picture: Sam  Norris

COMMUNITY: Lakeside artist Mitch Hogan and son Blake, 5, with the wall. Picture: Sam Norris

In keeping with the community theme Lakeside resident artist Mitch Hogan applied a mural to the rear side of the hit wall.

Mr Hogan said he was motivated to create a mural that inspired a sense of cohesion among the facility’s users.

“I believe art should create new thoughts and dream is one of the first important things you can do in life,” he said.

“I want you [children] to dream and be inspired, to grow up as responsible adults and women.”