SKIPTON's two-year push to get youth facilities finally paid off, with the town's new skate park officially opened on the weekend.
The community had petitioned for it in 2019.
As a result, Corangamite Council allocated $20,000 in its 2020-2021 budget for design and sourced $120,000 through the federal government.
The community raised another $50,000.
Skatepark 4 Skipton committee member Georgie Green said it was a long time coming.
"Skipton is a place that caters well for older people and the very young but there's nothing here for the youth or teenagers really," she said.
"It's been wanted; about 15 years ago I remember my daughter being asked to go on a youth committee and she and her friends said they would like a skate park and were told they could have anything but that.
"It's been a long time coming for our community, there was a genuine need and people really got behind it including the older citizens.
"Every night we see kids on there and it's a great way to get them off the couch and the internet and get some fresh air time."
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The multi-discipline street and transition style facility has a mini-ramp, a 1.2 metre high quarter pipe, bank, ledge, flat rail, down ledge, and quarter to kerb.
The design caters for all skill levels, with obstacles mainly for beginner to intermediate skaters, BMX and scooter riders.
A new shelter and landscaping around the park is in the planning stages.
North Ward Councillor Nick Cole congratulated the Skatepark 4 Skipton committee for getting the project up and running.
"The committee members deserve a pat on the back for their months of hard work, as do the businesses and individuals who have contributed," Cr Cole said.
"Locals and visitors have been quick to use the new park - it's a great addition to the area."
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan officially opened the skate park and recreational space at Skipton on Saturday.
"The skate park provides a multi-discipline street and transition style facility that caters to all user groups including those participating in BMXing, scooter, skateboarding and all other active wheeled sport disciplines", said Mr Tehan.
The skatepark design considers obstacles mainly for beginner to intermediate skill levels however will ensure it provides opportunities for skill progression to more advanced levels of riding.
"Other benefits of this project included jobs being supported during the project, which also helps in rebuilding the local economy", said Mr Tehan.
"I congratulate not only Corangamite Shire Council in creating this new facility but also all the wonderful volunteers and committee members who have worked so hard to make this project a reality and I look forward to the development of the skate park."
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