Skateboard Rally: Sydney just got more skateable
December 9 will go down in history (ours at least) as the day Sydney grew up a little because at 6.30pm on Monday, hundreds of skaters congregated outside Sydney Town Hall to support a motion demanding an inner city skate park.
With conceivably more skaters on site than this years Vans Warped tour, council was persuaded to pass the motion put forward by the Sydney Skateboarders Association. The man with the megaphone, Cameron Sparkes from the Association led the skateboard rally into Sydney’s Town Hall where only 50 could actually enter. The rest held their boards patiently on the steps outside waiting for a verdict.
Skaters as young as about ten to those in their 40s heard the councilors speak, showing no disrespect even when it was claimed that, “Skateboarding is dead.” If you aren’t a skater, don’t tell me you haven’t at least goggled over someone doing a kick flip on the sidewalk or thought about giving it a go (only to immediately dismiss that crazy idea). There’s a certain sense of freedom and beauty and joy that skateboarding inspires. One councilor in particular, Linda Scott, agreed wholeheartedly. She suggested that it was about time Sydney got rid of the fun police. She also wore her pink converse that day in support. Bless.
So now you can expect to see a skate park in the CBD at some point in the future. Maybe even in Centennial Park or Sydney Park when it gets developed. Oh and maintenance and repair guys will be attending to Waterloo Skate Park as well as others in need of some TLC. Our backyard will soon become better thanks to the Sydney Skateboard Association and everyone that turned up on Monday to alert the city council that skateboarding is alive and in need of places to prosper.
By Lauren Della Marta
Photography Lauren Della Marta
To keep up to date with all the latest developments be sure to like Sydney Skateboarding Association’s Facebook page. Until then, keep rolling – Ed.