20th January 2022
Skate Park looking fresh
The Rotary Club of Coonabarabran has added even more colour to the local skate park.
Largely instrumental in getting the latest impressive mural work painted on the back wall of the main ramp was Rotary member, John Sawyer.
Mr Sawyer said the painting signifies the local area, portraying the Warrumbungle Mountains in the background.
The mural provides a fresh, colourful look after previously being a blank, cold-grey colour and was painted by Jarrod Danby, who was responsible for several other art works in Coonabarabran.
Mr Sawyer said the mural was some months in the making, delayed by the COVID-19 situation, but thankfully, Mr Danby was recently able to return to complete the mural. History
The Coonabarabran skate park was originally the idea of Rotarian, Gordon Jewiss, following a survey of the residents and youth within the community.
Mr Jewiss was successful in for applying for a government grant of $60,000.
The Coonabarabran Rotary Club also assisted to fund the park, by throwing in $10,000, while another $10,000 was donated by Peter Chrystal, a farmer from Bugaldie.
The park was aptly named the Peter Chrystal Rotary Skate Park.
All the work for the foundations and slab was carried out by Rotarian, Frans Talle.
As the plaque that is displayed at the park indicates, the skate park was officially opened on 14 April, 2005 by Mr Chrystal and Ms Cherie Burton MP, parliamentary secretary to the Premier.
Over the years, several Rotarians, including Robert Cox and Peter Young, have dedicated their time to remove graffiti and apply graffiti resistant paint to the area.