Bonnells Bay park a winner for skaters and netball

SKATERS have given the thumbs up to the new skate park at Bonnells Bay Youth and Community Centre.

The park features transplanted hardware from the previous skate park, cleared for new basketball/netball courts.

The finishing touches to the skate park mural are being added this week.

Local artist Daniel Joyce has been working with young people on the mural.

"We had two workshops with the kids where they came up with the themes and characters they wanted," Mr Joyce said.

The mural identifies 'The Bay', and includes an underwater scene, native plants, and a message of environmental protection.

"I've sketched the concept up, and the kids have helped to block in a few colours here and there," Mr Joyce said.

Jayke Williams, 16, of Mirrabooka, said the skate park was smooth.

"It's a good design. You can transition from one ramp to the next, and it's consistent," Jayke said.

His skating companions agreed.

Their only gripe?

"It would have been better if it was even bigger," they said.

The skate park features a 6-foot half pipe, two 3-foot quarter pipes, a box and pimple, with a rainbow and flat rail.

It caters for inline skaters, skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes.

The mural cost Lake Macquarie City Council about $7500, which included the workshops, artwork and materials, and graffiti-proof paint.

■ Rock climbing, skateboard clinics, netball drills and refreshments will feature at the opening of the new Bonnells Bay netball courts and skate park on Sunday, July 21.

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