Skaters take a tour of facilities

The Harden Murrumburrah Skate Park committee and a group of local skaters recently embarked on a tour of skating facilities at Coolamon and Cootamundra on Sunday, April 28.

Peter Joseph’s bus was hired and 11 children and young adults and six adults took part in the excursion which left from the front of the Council Chambers at 9am on Sunday morning.

The group arrived at Coolamon Skate Park at 11a.m. and the children and young adults spent an hour before lunch giving the Park a work-out.

Some of the comments included;

* Bowl should face toward the street for proper supervision;

* Graduate the bowl so that there’s a high side as it is now but so it becomes lower for younger kids. Otherwise have one side high and the other low;

* Railings too close to skating area, need to be a meter further back or they’re dangerous for people coming up out of the bowl;

* Finish is too slippery;

* Small spine and wedge are no use in current position. Get rid of coping on both spines;

* Make roll-in longer;

* Cement and glued joints and pseudo grass create problems with bouncing/tripping;

* No bark for landscaping. Too messy and hurts to land on;

* Seating (for parents etc) and a broom, please;

* Fencing. High wire fence with double barbed wire around the top. Kids liked this as they saw it as keeping the graffitists out. Would need a fair bit of landscaping to make it aesthetically pleasing.

A sausage sizzle was provided for lunch in the park next to the swimming pool, which separated the two venues.

Mention was made of the fact that our skate park will be adjacent to the park so that family supervision will be much easier.

The group arrived at Cootamundra about 2.30p.m.

This Skate Park is about a third as big again as Coolamon and was very well received.

The setout allows for all ages and includes virtual half pipes but no bowl.

The fact that it is less challenging in steepness etc was made up for with better roll-in, better curves, a good funbox, a good grinder, a less slippery surface and more opportunity to do tricks.

There was no fencing and little evidence of graffiti, although our local policeman, Tom, who happened to be going past, said there was some graffiti there last week.

This indicates they have an effective graffiti removal policy.

The unanimous feeling was that Cootamundra Skate Park is much better and more accessible than Coolamon.

Following a fairly comprehensive Skate Park work-out, the bus left Cootamundra about 3.30pm and returned the participants to the Council Chambers a bit after 4pm.

The kids behaved brilliantly and there were no incidents to report.

A big vote of thanks needs to go to the parents who gave up their time for this excursion; Paul and Amanda Shea, Michelle Irving and John Hill.

Also thanks to Glen Howe for driving the bus and Greg Sanderson for his support.

Cathy Sanderson

The children taking turns at the Coolamon Skate Park.

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