A GOLD Coast councillor has stacked it while testing out the city’s new granite bowl skate park at Coomera.
The new $560,000 skate and scooter park was officially opened in the northern suburb on Thursday morning.
Division Three councillor Cameron Caldwell was trying out the park’s design on a kick scooter when he got the wobbles, and body slammed into the concrete after releasing the handlebar to high-five Mayor Tom Tate.
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Cr Tate had challenged Cr Caldwell to be the first to ride the new two-metre deep granite bowl, which is the first of its kind to be included at a skatepark on the Gold Coast.
The park also includes hubba ledges, rails, banks, hips and the granite edged bowl.
“Investment in facilities like this new park is an investment in safety, enjoyment, family fun and a way for local skaters to hone their skills as they compete or simply enjoy the sport,” Mayor Tate said.
“I’m delighted the park includes temporary CCTV cameras to give parents, and skaters, comfort knowing that the facility is under the watchful eye of our expanding CCTV network.’’
Cr Caldwell said the new park was for today’s and tomorrow’s generations to enjoy.
“Investing in facilities like skate parks is a fantastic way to foster an active and healthy community, build friendships and make memories,” Cr Caldwell said.
“With the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre around the corner, we are building our reputation as a sporting hub.”
Young Gold Coaster and three-time champion scooter Jesse Bayes said building facilities in our local parks was a great way for our younger generations to get active and healthy.
“Having a skate park in the community, especially a new one helps bring people from all over the coast to a great area for kids to share a similar interest,” he said.
A temporary CCTV camera has been installed at the park to test angles before permanent cameras are put in place.