AFTER seven months of construction, Albury's new $3.6 million skate park opened to rave reviews yesterday.
The David Street hub had a low-key unveiling with a formal opening to be held on Saturday December 11.
Special guests at that event will be Tokyo Olympic skateboarder Hayley Wilson, who comes from Mansfield, and former World Cup vertical skateboarding champion Renton Millar.
Albury Council's youth events officer Simon Watts was thrilled with the response to yesterday's opening.
"The full facility is amazing, everyone they're a skateboarder, BMX rider, scooter rider or even a roller skater is really excited for the undercover areas and diversity of the obstacles," he said.
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"It gives our riders and skaters an opportunity to progress to a world-class level in their own backyard."
Al Taylor, who runs an indoor skate park in Wodonga and advised on the Albury project, was thrilled with the fresh park.
"It's come up amazing with all the design aspects and the way it's been built, it's up there with the best skate parks in Australia," he said.
"They've ticked every box."
The occasion was not without drama with Mr Taylor "copping a chalky and having a stack" which left him lying inside the new bowl for a little while.
To the uninitiated a "chalky" is an item that becomes wedged in a skateboard's wheels, in this case a gumnut.
Mayor Kevin Mack was thrilled to see the park realised, although he cautioned users against vandalism.
"When is the next tag going to appear?" Cr Mack pondered.
"To me that's up to them, that's their destiny and they determine that, but they've got everything they need, good shade, good venue and something for all ages."
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