MERRIWA'S youth are busy celebrating the town's newest addition.
The new Skate Park on the corner of King George V Ave and Quigley St is open and Michael Johnsen, Member for Upper Hunter, Councillor Ron Campbell and some keen young people were there to test it out.
The skate park includes a double bowl design -1.8m and 1.5m deep, with a rollover in between, and a new concrete path with 2 x grind rails connecting the new skate park with the old skate park.
The park is great for skates, bikes, scooters and skateboards, and for riders of varying abilities.
Another great addition to the park coming in October, is four unisex toilet cubicles and basins including an ambulant toilet and a larger accessible cubicle with baby change table.
The $291,000 project is one of a dozen underway across the shire, undertaken by Upper Hunter Shire Council and funded by the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said the Merriwa Skate Park is just one of the ways the NSW Government is enriching the lives of locals through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
"This skate park is a great way for young people in Merriwa to connect and be active, and I thank Upper Hunter Shire Council for its commitment and contribution to this project," Mr Johnsen said.
"The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government's Regional Growth Fund, delivering $1.7 billion across over 2,000 projects that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW."
Cr Ron Campbell said the new facility offered fun, fitness and a chance to make new friends.
The draft designs were put on display for community comment in May 2020. In response to feedback the Driver Reviver facilities are currently being designed and further consultation will take place on this in the coming months.
Council also consulted with John and Elaine Sparrow, who have been working with a committee of young people since 2005 on improving the skate park facilities through the Merriwa Rotary Club.
The Skate Park was designed by Precision Skate Parks. Local trades involved in the construction of the toilet facilities include NT Gleeson Plumbing and the electrician Vero C J & J M & Sons, concreting done by Williams Concreting and earthworks was completed by R J Kerr.