The weekend saw the Esperance waterfront abuzz, as the town celebrated Edge of the Bay at the new skate park.
The Esperance event officially opened the town’s new skatepark and saw internationally successful skateboarders and scooter and BMX riders inspire crowds with their awe-striking talents.
Locals and visitors of all ages gathered at the Skate Park from dusk to dawn on Saturday and Sunday to take part, relax under a marquee and to watch the spectacular displays.
Attendees had the unique opportunity to watch the professionals in action and access to product specific workshops.
The event also included a full weekend of markets, special guests, live music and the lighting of the Christmas decorations.
Esperance Shire President Victoria Brown and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman opened the $1.52 million Esperance Skate Park.
Ms Brown welcomed families to enjoy the space the and discussed the journey to bring the social hub to the prime location on the foreshore.
She said the precinct provided a unique, multipurpose and multi-generational public space for locals and visitors.
Mr Redman said the skate park catered to skaters of all ages and skill levels through its practical design, the park is expected to become a social hub for youth and the wider Esperance community.
He said the development complemented the existing waterfront recreational precincts within Esperance and enhances the town as a tourist destination.
“In consultation with the local community, the Shire of Esperance has created a practical and well-designed skate space that will provide an important meeting place in the heart of the community for young people in Esperance,” Mr Redman said.
“Opportunities for community engagement and interaction are critical to building sustainable communities in regional Western Australia, and this Royalties for Regions investment will help support that in Esperance.”
Shire President Victoria Brown said an event of that magnitude involved a lot of organisation and a lot of people sharing their time and passion to making it happen.
“Horizon Power and Southern Ports Authority provided support and sponsorship for the Christmas Lights project which also couldn’t have happened without our Shire elves, Town Construction and Building Maintenance crews,” Ms Brown said.
“Also thanks to FreestyleNow and Shredability for the incredible displays and workshops at Edge of the Bay and particularly to Skate boarders, Poppy Olsen, Renton Millar, Zac Callahan and Jedd McKenzie; Scooter competitors, Tommy Tunnicliffe, Kieran Ramsay and Ben Thomas and BMX riders Matt Adkins and Shaun Jarvis.
“And of course there would be no event without community support, so a very big thank you to everyone who came out to join the celebrations.”
The Royalties for Regions program contributed $664,987 towards the latest addition to the Esperance Waterfront.
Lotterywest contributed a further $415,000 and Tourism Western Australia also contributed to the skate park, as part of a $225,000 Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure grant to develop the foreshore promenade and install new cruise ship landing infrastructure.