Goonellabah Skatepark Set For Exciting Upgrade

The Goonellabah Skatepark is set to get some exciting upgrades, with works scheduled to commence next week. The project will see the introduction of new skate elements, alongside essential maintenance and remediation works to enhance the experience for all users of the facility.

The upcoming improvements, funded by the NSW Government as part of the Stronger Country Communities program, aim to provide a more diverse and enjoyable experience for riders of all levels and styles.

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg said the upgrades were a win for the growing skating community.

“I look forward to seeing the new and improved facilities at the Goonellabah Skate Park, which is already very popular and well used. These upgrades mean it will continue to be well used into the future,” he said.

“I would like to thank our local member Janelle Saffin for her assistance in securing the funding for this project.”

The new skate elements, which have been designed by skatepark specialists Trinity Skateparks with input from local enthusiasts include new ramps, manual pad, loading dock and hydrant, flat rail and a slappy kerb. These elements will not only offer new opportunities and challenges, but also cater to the growing number of skate, scooter and BMX riders in the community.

In addition to the new obstacles, the upgrade includes drainage improvements and remediation works to address sections of the deteriorated skate floor surface. The remedial works will ensure a smoother riding experience for all users and extend the life of the park. Fresh paint will reinvigorate the facility, making it a more attractive destination for skaters and spectators.

State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said she had strongly supported Council’s priority project to upgrade the Goonellabah Skate Park under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

“Young people need outdoor spaces like Goonellabah Skate Park where they can enjoy recreation and time with their friends,” Ms Saffin said.

“I’m really pleased that the local skating community has had input into the improvements being made as skaters know best what is required to get the best out of the facility for all levels of ability and all ages.

“When I was advocating for this project in September 2022, I said at a time when much of the city’s current infrastructure and natural environment had been heavily impacted by the 2022 floods, this upgrade would create greater community participation and improved mental and physical health for youth.”

Council’s Manager Liveable and Active Communities Tony Duffy predicted the skating community would be thrilled once the upgrade of the Goonellabah Skatepark is complete.

“The new elements and surface improvements will significantly enhance the facility, providing a safer and more enjoyable space for our local community. We’re committed to supporting active lifestyles and creating vibrant recreational spaces for our residents,” he said.

Work is expected to commence on Wednesday, 29 May and is anticipated to be completed by 12 July, depending on weather. The skatepark will be closed to the public during this time to ensure safety and that the upgrade is completed as quickly as possible.

Council appreciates the community’s patience and understanding as these enhancements are undertaken.

While the improvements are underway, why not check out some alternative recreational facilities in the area.

  • Caniaba Skatepark in Perradenya Estate is a small concrete skatepark hidden in the corner of Adam Gilchrist Park that is suitable for beginners
  • Nimbin Skatepark in Peace Parkis a well-loved skatepark which features a large “snake run”, mini ramp, bowls and street section which suits beginner, intermediate and advanced riders
  • Wollongbar District Park includes a quarter pipe, rails and ramps to suit beginner and intermediate skaters
  • Bangalow Skatepark features a large kidney bowl, double flow bowl with spine and roll through, as well as a street area with obstacles for all skill levels
  • Ballina Skatepark features a large surface with heaps of transitions and three bowls as well as rails, ledges, manual pads, stairs and half pipes, with a scenic view of the River
  • Jarjumirr Skate Park, Byron Bay is the recently constructed competition level, all abilities skatepark including a 10ft skate bowl with waterfall, bowl area for beginner to intermediate users and plaza section with granite ledges.

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