The long-awaited skate park for Lennox Head will soon be a reality after Ballina Shire councillors last week unanimously backed the facility to be built at the Williams Reserve.
The skate park project and its proposed location became a major issue over almost eight years and divided the community between those that wanted it on the beachfront and those that wanted it elsewhere.
A referendum to settle the matter once and for all was sought by Ballina Shire Council which asked the state government if it could hold one in conjunction with last weeks state election. But the request was rejected.
Cr Peter Moore succeeded in his motion to integrate the skate park within the design and construction for the Lennox Head Community Centre in the reserve, as opposed to a location favoured by others in the community adjacent to the bus shelter on the village foreshore.
Cr Moore said eight years was long enough to get the project underway and even though some young people preferred the beachfront location, many simply wanted Council to build one wherever possible in Lennox Head.
Cr David Wright said integrating the skate park with the community-centre project was a win-win situation for all and might change the concept of the reserve into a community-style village green.
Cr Sharon Cadwallader said anything we can give the Lennox community for youth is a big bonus as there was no cycleway between the coastal village and Ballina and the skate park would provide more activities for kids.
Councils community facilities committee is to co-ordinate the skate park design in consultation with the community centres architect, council staff and a local skaters reference group.
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