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Olympic qualifying skateboarder Amar Hadid still remembers the first time she climbed the skate ramp at Roberts Park and vividly recalls peering over the edge, terrified at taking the plunge.
But she’s overcome her nerves, and nine years on, the 23-year-old Greenacre local competes in skateboarding championships across the globe and is an inspiration to young women wanting to pursue their dreams.
Amar joined Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour, State Member for Lakemba Jihad Dib, Councillors Bilal El-Hayek and George Zakhia at the official opening of the upgraded Roberts Park Skatepark at Greenacre this Monday.
The $215,000 upgrades include repaired and freshly painted ramps, the installation of brand new skateable grind rails and a new basketball hoop.
“I’m really excited for the community to have this space to get involved in skate culture,” Amar said.
“Skateboarding helps you grow; it builds your confidence and it makes you a more positive person.”The official opening was also attended by 40 students from Greenacre Public School, who participated in a skate clinic by Totem Collective.
“It’s so great to see the school kids giving skateboarding a go, and I hope that they keep coming out and find some joy here,” Amar said.
“In a world where technology is as prominent as ever, being able to go outside and be physical, while making new friends, around these beautiful trees at this skate park is super important.”
Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour said he was excited at the upgrades and encouraged all locals to give it a try.
“It’s a fun place for children to come and test their skills and it’s a healthy alternative to sitting at home on computer screens,” Mayor Asfour said.
“Whether you’re a professional or a part-timer, I’m sure you’ll enjoy what we’ve managed to achieve.”
The skatepark is also suitable for rollerblading and BMX riding. To stay up to date on Council’s works and projects, visit cb.city/Projects
4/10/2022 4:27 PM