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Help achieve the skaters’ dream

Their dream is to create a place in Newcastle, in where skaters from all over Newcastle can converge upon, and have a blast.

Their dream is to have a place where children can ramp safely, grind and outdo their friends’ latest mid-air grab.

Their dream is to create a place in Newcastle, in where skaters from all over Newcastle can converge upon, and have a blast.

This is the dream of the people behind the proposed Skate Park.

The group of skating enthusiasts who want to turn this dream into a reality, have already started their project.

Currently, they skate at the old Spoornet train platform near the Monte Stanco Moth Shellhole.

The area is a prime spot for vagrants, and littering and dumping are rife.

However, people like Eben Venter, one of the campaigning members of the group, are determined to turn the area around, or else find another spot for Newcastle’s skating community.

“For too long skaters have not had the area they deserve. We want to create an environment set aside for skating,” explained Mr Venter.

With this in mind, the crew regularly clears the area of all potential hazards every time they decide to skate, removing broken bottles to used condoms and diapers.

Still, the group is grateful to Transnet for allowing them to make use of the concrete platform.

“It’s not heaven but we want to improve it. We want to create a place where children can skate safely,” Mr Venter said wistfully.

As a father, Mr Venter wants his son to one day have an ideal skating park, and with the sparse resources collected by the skating crew, is trying to develop the area.

Having built ramps, poles to grind and currently building a pyramid ramp, the team is hard at work in creating a skate-friendly environment that will allow them to develop their skills.

“We would like the community to join us in this initiative. We want to help develop Newcastle, and this project will definitely help the youth.”

The group want Newcastle to understand that this project is one that needs to be backed by the community.

It is a project that will allow youth from all walks of life to bond, create job opportunities and possible careers in an industry that has died in Newcastle, and help bring the community together.

For more information, contact Eben on 082 837 4800 or Dylan 074 849 4572.

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