Sculptural bowls and obstacles are set to challenge skaters of all ages in the City of Sydney’s new $ 6 million skate park in the suburb of Alexandria.
With Sydney’s largest public bowl, a beginner’s bowl and an expansive skating rink full of challenges, the Sydney Park space accommodates people of all abilities on skateboards, BMX bikes and scooters.
Clover Moore explained that the skate park has been developed in response to a strong demand from skaters and local families, saying: “We have responded to a strong demand from the community and created an incredible skate park for both beginners and the bravest among us ride, skate and master their tricks.
“I’ve really enjoyed watching this innovative project take shape, and I’m really looking forward to seeing riders and skaters out there enjoying this beautifully designed, expansive community space.”
The skate park has three different areas and functions:
• An extensive space with obstacles for street-style technical tricks, including banks, rails, ledges, stairs, vertical wall and quarter pipes
• A beginner’s bowl
• A large bowl with international competition standard with depths of up to 3.3 meters for advanced skaters and riders.
View areas, seats and trees scatter throughout the skate park, while new picnic areas and barbecues are installed, and a final stretch of path now connects the entire park.
In recognition of the park’s transformation from a brickyard to a rubbish bin, recycled stones have been used to pave footpaths within the facility.
The city of Sydney worked in collaboration with designers Group GSA and Convic, and the main contractor Concrete Skateparks on the skate park project.
Lord Mayor Moore added “we value our precious outdoor space more than ever and Sydney Park has so much to offer, from this stunning skate park to the children’s bike path, playground, rolling hills and wetlands filled with wildlife.”
Construction on a new skating rink and a half-concrete pipe next to Federal Park in Glebe is also underway. It will have ledges, banks, curbs, walls, rails and stairs, as well as a free-standing mini-ramp.
Other City of Sydney skating zones are in Redfern Park, Waterloo Oval and Ward Park in the Surry Hills.
Photos: Dylan Donnini in the new Sydney Park skatepark (top and bottom) and Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore (center). Images courtesy of Chris Southwood / City of Sydney.
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