Push for Lancefield skate park nears final stage

It’s been a long haul, but a group behind the push for a skate and BMX park at Lancefield is confident the next generation of youngsters won’t have to leave town to practise kickflips and ollies.

Skate park committee member Amy Bell said a 20-year campaign was reaching its business end.

Macedon Ranges council has approved designs for the south-eastern corner of Lancefield Park and allocated $130,000 to the build.

The committee needs sponsorship and grants to help cover the remaining $170,000 needed for the community’s preferred plan. Fundraising efforts will be launched in coming months.

‘‘It’s just dollars now,’’ Ms Bell said. ‘‘The fact the council has pledged $130,000 is such an encouragement for other groups to come forward.

‘‘The site’s been approved, money’s been pledged and we’ve got an active and engaged community.’’

The push for a skate park dates back to the late 1990s, when the town raised $12,000, which remains in the group’s coffers. Considerable effort was put in over the years that followed, but the lack of a formal design stopped the project from becoming a reality.

With the community endorsing plans late last year, Ms Bell said one last push was needed to realise this long-held dream. To contribute, call Lancefield Neighbourhood House on 5429 1214.