BUDDING young skateboarders and BMX riders now have a new place to hone their skills with Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas officially opening the new Skate/BMX Park at Lancefield Park.
The opening event, held on Saturday, September 23 saw hundreds of locals and visitors attend the skate park and join in the festivities which included demonstrations from professional skaters and riders, live music, a free barbecue, prizes, giveaways and workshops.
Macedon Ranges Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson and skate park committee members Amy Bell and Damien Choate joined Ms Thomas to officially open the park.
“This Skate/BMX park is an awesome new asset for Lancefield Reserve that will attract large numbers of skaters and riders because they don’t need to be a member, they don’t need to pay, and they can drop in at any time,” Ms Thomas said.“The park will inspire kids – big and small – to get more active, and most of all, have fun.“It’s a great example of how the Andrews Labor Government is making being active more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for people of all ages and abilities.”
Lancefield Park is a hub for the local community, with many clubs and organisations calling it home. Locals use it for exercise, and the playground and barbecue area is a popular meeting place for families and friends.
Ms Thomas continued that the skate park offers an alternative to young people who might not be interested in traditional sports.
“We all love our sport in Macedon Ranges but not everyone plays football or netball. This skate park is an opportunity for young people, and the not too young, to get out and really build their skills,” she said.
Calling the park an amazing facility, Cr Anderson said acknowledged the many things on offer at the Lancefield Recreational Reserve including the new skate park.
“(It’s) a fantastic space for anyone in the community and surrounding communities to come visit in Lancefield,” Cr Anderson said.