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The Broken Hill Skate Park is a memory

By Titus Muenzenberger

Kye Martin, a Local scooter enthusiast, was told by his mother that the skatepark he loved was being demolished.

He was devastated.

“She didn’t tell me they were building a new one for twenty minutes,” he said.

Kye’s mother looked up the Broken Hill Facebook page and showed Kye the new skatepark design.

“I saw the design and I was like happy,” he said.

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Kye said the quarter pipe of the new park looked to be the best new part.

Like others, Kye asked why they pulled down the park in the school holidays and when told the new one should take eight weeks to build, he replied, “I can’t wait that long!”

According to Eve-lyn Kennedy, then Broken Hill City Council Youth Worker, the original skatepark was built at the peak of skateboarding in 1999.

“It was a great addition to the town for the youth and we held skateboard competitions there as well as hosting Reach Out, a national suicide awareness program.

She said, “Reachout had a program that travelled the country running youth fun days and awareness programs. The park proved a great drawcard and a huge number of local teenagers attended the day.”

“Recently I’ve seen less skateboarders and more scooter and bike riders using the skatepark but I’m sure these kids, as well as skateboarders, will love the new park,” she added.

The new $660,000 skateboard park has been designed and constructed by CONVIC, a renowned international skateboard park design company.

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