With skateboarding taking off across the country, some of Australia’s best skatepark locations are popping up on Australian streets.
Key points:In the capital, Canberra, the iconic Black Diamond skatepark is now a popular spot for locals to get out and aboutA new skatepark has opened at Sydney’s Castle Hill park, and will soon open at the nearby Black Diamond parkThe city of Sydney has also seen a surge in skateboarders from around the countryThe iconic Black Desert skatepark in Canberra has been transformed into a skatepark with a new skate park, which will soon be open to the public.
Black Diamond skateboard parkOwner Tom Black said it was “hugely humbling” to have a new skating park open in Canberra, and he welcomed the arrival of the skate park at Castle Hill.
“It’s something that we’ve been talking about for quite a while, and we’ve always been really keen to open the skatepark to the community,” Mr Black said.
“The skatepark was the perfect place to open it up because it’s a very iconic spot in Canberra and a lot of locals come down and play in it.”
Mr Black said the skateboard community had always been a part of the park, but the new park was a great opportunity to welcome new skaters and skateboard enthusiasts to Canberra.
“We’re really excited about it, and the skate parks are great places for people to get a run,” he said.
The new skate-park at Castlehill park opened to the world on Tuesday.
Mr Black’s plans to open a skate park in Sydney’s central business district were welcomed by the city’s skateboard scene, which has seen a huge spike in popularity in recent years.
“There’s lots of kids who go down there and just go and skate for hours and hours, and it’s such a great spot,” said skateboarder Andrew Kinsman.
“They just come up there, and they come up here for the skate, and that’s really cool.”
Mr Kinsmann said he enjoyed the skateboarding at Black Diamond, and said it had been great to see the park “open up”.
“There are plenty of skaters, they’re pretty good guys, and there’s definitely more people who go there than the Black Diamond,” he told 7.30.
“I’m sure they’ll keep doing what they do and keep growing, and hopefully the park will keep growing and becoming a bigger and bigger part of Canberra’s skate scene.”
Mr Zalman said Black Diamond’s park would be “a huge part of my community”.
“I’ll definitely be back,” he promised.
Topics:skateboarding,skates,australiaFirst posted April 12, 2018 09:56:16More stories from South Australia