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Skate park upgrade has skaters jumping with joy

PARK UPGRADE: Skateboarder Anthony Roberts is happy to hear that $70,000 from Rockhampton Regional Council will go towards repairs at the North Rockhampton skate park.
PARK UPGRADE: Skateboarder Anthony Roberts is happy to hear that $70,000 from Rockhampton Regional Council will go towards repairs at the North Rockhampton skate park. Chris Ison Rokcskate

ANTHONY Roberts will be one of the first to grab his skateboard and try out flips and grinds, when a $70,000 upgrade to the North Rockhampton skate park is complete.

The Rockhampton Regional Council will spend money on a new grind block, concrete retaining wall and crack repairs, which are set to be done to the skate park this year.

Anthony, who's been skating at the park for 10 years, said the repairs would bring the park up to standards with other skate parks in North Queensland.

"There's some cracks in the concrete that can be a safety issue; I've even come off my board after hitting the cracks; the concrete would benefit from some sand blasting," the 26-year-old said.

It's not just Anthony who is looking to benefit from the upgrade, with a massive skate boarding community in Rockhampton keen to see repairs done.

"On Thursdays and Fridays you'll get 20-50 kids at the skate park and even more on the weekends," Anthony said.

"It's great to see council and skaters work together."

Memorial plan

That's not the only change the park will have, discussions are taking place for a memorial to recognise Rockhampton teen Rueben Barnes who lost his life in 2009 when he was electrocuted while installing roofing insulation.

Rueben, 16, was a keen member of the skate boarding community.

Cr Neil Fisher said he was working with Rueben's family and friends to see that there was recognition of the teen at the skate park.

Anthony, who was a friend of Rueben's, was happy to hear about the gesture.

"It's a great lasting thanks to his memory," Anthony said.

"Whenever we were down at the skate park he was the first person there, he was always ready for a skate."

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