People came from far and wide to celebrate the opening of Griffith’s new skate park.
Professional skater and former Yenda resident Chris Vaughan was on hand to lend his expertise for the event. He says the new facilities looked “amazing”.
“This is something the town has needed for a really long time. Once I got a little bit older, I had to move away to progress my skateboarding,” he said .
“With this here, hopefully it’ll keep people around for a little bit longer.”
Children of all ages enjoyed workshops and demonstrations in both skateboarding and BMX.
Mr Vaughan said every time he came home he spotted some new talent who might benefit from a new park.
“Always when I come back there are kids popping up asking me how to do a certain trick. You can just tell that they’re going to be really good.”
The new development was jointly funding between Griffith City Council and NSW Department of Industry.
Griffith mayor John Dal Broi opened the ceremony, officially opening a project more than two years in the making.
He said the town’s local skate park users were consulted extensively throughout the design process.
“People in wheelchairs can have a go. We’ve tried to cater for all groups and so far, it’s going well. I’ve asked a lot of people who are using it this morning ‘what do they thing?’ They reckon it’s great.”