Peterborough's sk8ers ready to hit the ramps

LOCAL YOUTH...Some of the Peterborough youth involved in the skate park project. Billy Morley, former Youth Advisory Committee member, Seth Tuxford, Matthew Volraat, Trey Tilbury, YAC member and Tiahnee Cottle, YAC president
LOCAL YOUTH...Some of the Peterborough youth involved in the skate park project. Billy Morley, former Youth Advisory Committee member, Seth Tuxford, Matthew Volraat, Trey Tilbury, YAC member and Tiahnee Cottle, YAC president

Peterborough’s skater boys and girls have somewhere to do their flips and tricks with the opening of the town’s own skate park.

Officially opened on October 31, the skate park in the main street had been in the works since the Peterborough Youth Advisory Committee made a presentation in 2010 to the district council about why the youth of the town needed one.

President of the Peterborough YAC Tiahnee Cottle said seeing the project finished was a “very proud moment”.

“We’re glad it has been opened for the young ones.

“We fundraised and made it happen, and we’re really proud we got it done.”

Local community development and support worker Vera Miller helped the town’s youth drive the project.

She said in total, the local kids raised $26,902 to go toward the project over four years, including when the Peterborough District Council matched the YAC funds raised in one year, boosting the total.

OPENING CEREMONY...At the opening of the skate park in late October were Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock with Peterborough Mayor Ruth Whittle (centre) and YAC community development and support coordinator Vera Miller.

OPENING CEREMONY...At the opening of the skate park in late October were Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock with Peterborough Mayor Ruth Whittle (centre) and YAC community development and support coordinator Vera Miller.

The Peterborough community  got behind the cause, with many businesses and individuals donating money and goods to help with fundraising.

Council CEO Peter McGuinness said the local youth were behind the project from the very beginning, and were involved with the design process.

The project cost $230,000 in total, with the council obtaining grants including from the Office of Sport and Recreation.

The council put in the remainder of the costs.

Early reviews of the skate park are overwhelmingly positive, with some even proclaiming among the top five parks in the state.

Mr McGuinness said the skatepark has become a drawcard for the town, with skaters from neighbouring towns including Port Pirie, Port Augusta and even Adelaide making the trip to Peterborough to test out the ramps, banks and ledges.

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