This Day in History: 2016-01-26

Members of Skateboarding WA helped the Shire of Toodyay officially open the town’s new $225,000 skate park extension in Duidgee Park, by providing a spectacular skateboarding display. Local children later signed up for Skateboarding WA lessons to emulate their new heroes. The skate park design incorporated suggestions from Toodyay District High School students who toured and tested several Perth skate parks. Stage one was opened in 2011 and stage two was completed recently with a $65,000 grant from the State Government and donations and heavily discounted labour and materials from local suppliers and contractors. Following the Australia Day Ceremony, stage two of the Skate Park was opened by the Hon. Martin Aldridge MLC, representing the Department of Sport and Recreation which contributed funding of $55,000 toward construction costs. Local suppliers and contractors also contributed by way of donated or heavily discounted labour and materials, resulting in significant cost reductions. Thanks went to Mobile Concrete Services, Vernice, C. & J. McKay, S. & J. Street, P. & S. Ferguson, Jones Contracting, Ringa Civil, Avon Earthworks, Paul Harrington, Ferguson Earthmoving, BGC Quarries, BGC Cement and Transwest Assets for assisting to bring Skate Park Stage Two to fruition.

Toodyay herald, Feb. 2016, pp. 3, 16.