Skating on new ground

Skate parks help bring communities together by providing spaces for young people to socialise, have fun, and develop new skills. Thanks to Lotterywest players, skate parks across the state have been supported, from Broome to Midvale, to Margaret River.

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“We’ve got some of best the State’s best skateboarders coming out of Margaret River and to have a new skate park, it’s brought new kids into the sport.”

Lotterywest supported the redevelopment of Margaret River’s youth precinct, including a skate park and nature play area with a grant worth more than $1.3 million. Sunny Cooke is one of the region’s finest skateboarding products and labelled the new facilities as world class.

“This is massive for us,” Mr Cooke said. “At the start our skate park was old, nothing really there, and no one really wanted to hang out there.

“We’ve got some of the state’s best skateboarders coming out of Margaret River and to have a new skate park, it’s brought new kids into the sport.”

Cooke said the venue will not only be a quality space for experienced skateboarders, but now opens the door for new skaters to test out their skills in a safe environment.

“It brings together people from different backgrounds and creates one big family.”

Without Lotterywest support the project would have been scaled back.

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