Sculptural bowls and obstacles are challenging skaters of all ages at the new $6 million skate park in Alexandria opened by the City of Sydney (CoS) in December.
The skate park is in Sydney Park and has three distinct areas and features:
- An extensive plaza with obstacles for street-style technical tricks, including banks, rails, ledges, stairs, vertical wall and quarter pipe.
- A beginner’s bowl.
- An international competition-standard large flow bowl with depths of up to 3.3 metres for advanced skaters and riders (the largest public flow bowl in Sydney).
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the skate park has been developed in response to strong demand from skaters and local families and caters for people of all abilities on skateboards, BMX bikes and scooters.
“We’ve responded to strong community demand and created an incredible skate park for both beginners and the bravest among us to ride, skate and master their tricks,” she said.
Local skater Felipe Vilches said: “It’s a well-built park with a lot of room. It caters for all levels of skateboarding. They’ve also included a bowl to skate in – it’s big too, which means competitions can be held here.”
Viewing areas, seats and trees are scatted throughout the skate park. New picnic areas and barbecues have also been installed and a final piece of a path now connects the entire park.
In a nod to the park’s transformation from a brickmaking site and municipal rubbish dump, recycled bricks have been used to pave walking paths within the facility.
Sydney Park skate park joins a number of CoS skate zones at Waterloo Oval, Redfern Park and Ward Park in Surry Hills. Another new skate park is being built at Federal Park in Glebe, due to open in early 2021.