Weather could not dampen skate park spirit

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Murray Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, Harvey Shire president Tania Jackson and Australind Skatepark Fundraising Committee chairwoman Seana Sloan testing out the Australind skatepark at its grand opening on Saturday.
Camera IconMurray Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, Harvey Shire president Tania Jackson and Australind Skatepark Fundraising Committee chairwoman Seana Sloan testing out the Australind skatepark at its grand opening on Saturday. Credit: David Charlesworth / Harvey-Waroona Reporter

Despite the poor weather, skaters and families turned out for the grand opening of the Australind Skate Park on Saturday.

Charlie, 8, and Harry Fowler, 13.
Camera IconCharlie, 8, and Harry Fowler, 13.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray was on hand to officially open the park and said it would provide recreational, physical and social benefits to the community.

“What shows the skatepark is very good is the amount of kids and parents here today on what is a rough day,” he said.

The Australind Lions Club volunteered their time to cook a sausage sizzle which many enjoyed while sheltering from the intermittent rain and wind.

Dylan Cole, 11.
Camera IconDylan Cole, 11. Credit: David Charlesworth / Harvey-Waroona Reporter

Planned demonstrations by Freestyle Now were delayed by the wet conditions, however many kids still enjoyed the new skatepark during the dry moments.

Australind Skate Park Fundraising Committee chairwoman Seana Sloan said it was great to see the project finally complete and the community’s involvement in the project ensured it would be used for many years.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, Harvey Shire president Tania Jackson and Shire chief executive officer Michael Parker officially opening the new Australind skatepark.
Camera IconSport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, Harvey Shire president Tania Jackson and Shire chief executive officer Michael Parker officially opening the new Australind skatepark. Credit: David Charlesworth / Harvey-Waroona Reporter
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, Harvey Shire president Tania Jackson and Shire chief executive officer Michael Parker officially opening the new Australind skatepark.
Camera IconSport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, Harvey Shire president Tania Jackson and Shire chief executive officer Michael Parker officially opening the new Australind skatepark. Credit: David Charlesworth / Harvey-Waroona Reporter

Harvey shire president Tania Jackson thanked the community for its involvement and the many businesses who contributed.

“When you see kids here every day, 50 kids and more every day, you just know that you’ve really done something special,” she said.

“We can see the kids develop some skills and to get them out of their lounge rooms into the fresh air, that’s always good to see.”

Xhai, 10, and Blake Smith, 7.
Camera IconXhai, 10, and Blake Smith, 7.
Max Campbell, 6, Bailey Hoggarth, 6, and Harry Campbell, 4.
Camera IconMax Campbell, 6, Bailey Hoggarth, 6, and Harry Campbell, 4.
Max Campbell, 6, Bailey Hoggarth, 6, and Harry Campbell, 4.
Camera IconMax Campbell, 6, Bailey Hoggarth, 6, and Harry Campbell, 4.
Max Campbell, 6, Bailey Hoggarth, 6, and Harry Campbell, 4.
Camera IconMax Campbell, 6, Bailey Hoggarth, 6, and Harry Campbell, 4.

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