Raymond Terrace carves it up at new skate park

Media Release

DC403/2017

07 December 2017

Joint release with:

Scot MacDonald

Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter
Member of the Legislative Council

Ryan Palmer

Mayor of Port Stephens Council

  • Lakeside Skate Park project in Raymond Terrace is now complete
  • Project will create a local hub for recreation activities in beautiful lakeside surrounds
  • Coalition Government invested $50,000 in the project

Raymond Terrace could soon be the hometown of a world skating legend like Tony Hawk after the $130,000 Lakeside Skate Park was officially opened to the public today.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said it was fantastic to see the new skate park completed, with the project an investment in grassroots sport for the region.

“Many youngsters look up to skaters such as Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen as heroes. Reclaiming public spaces for lasting projects like this one, help to bring communities together, while giving local young people something constructive to do with their time,” Mr Chester said.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald said the new skate park would help to promote a stable, secure and viable local community.

“It is so important for communities, particularly those with a high proportion of social housing, to have communal spaces that promote healthy creative activity for our young people and that the community in general can take pride in,” Mr MacDonald said.

Mayor of Port Stephens Council Ryan Palmer said the new skate park has really cemented the area as a key hub for recreation that will serve the Raymond Terrace community.

“The new skate park has been designed to cater for users of all abilities and provide interest and difficulty for more advanced riders,” Cr Palmer said.

Lakeside Skate Park is located in the residential area close to the shopping centre and primary schools, and next to a recently constructed playground. It is estimated to be used by more than 3,500 people. The project created 15 jobs during construction.

The Coalition Government invested $50,000 in the Lake Side Skate Park, with the New South Wales Government providing $50,000 and Port Stephens Council $30,000.