The turnout to the re-opening of Fairy Meadow’s newly upgraded skate park was a testament to the region’s skating community, according to those behind the project,

The park was officially opened by Wollongong Mayor Gordon Bradbery on 3 November, after being closed since the upgrade began in July.  The upgrade cost $500,000, which went towards developing the new plan for the park, as well as toward improving the facility’s aesthetics. Local artist Trina Collins worked closely with the students of Wollongong High School and Figtree Art School.

Cr Bradbery declared the $500,000 “well spent”, and expressed his faith in the Wollongong skate community to keep the park clean and free of graffiti. Building from this, Cr Bradbery said the local skate community was “worth half a million bucks and more”.

Speaking about the original construction of the skate park, local skateboarding legend Barry Strachan said the Fairy Meadow skate park “was a ground breaking project in many ways”.

“It was really only the degradation of the old concrete that was letting [the old facility] down,” he said.

After Cr Bradbury and Mr Strachan cut the ribbon to open the skate park, hordes of skaters rolled into the park, eager to test out the new upgrade for themselves.

Video: Local community figures discuss the new Fairy Meadow skate park upgrade in relation to the old one, as well as its benefits towards the community.