Cessnock PCYC’s indoor skate park opened this month and local skaters are impressed with the top-notch facility.
Volunteers Jesse King, Riley Clough and Jayden Melling are enjoying the facility and believe it is a positive asset to the youth of Cessnock.
“It keeps kids off the street,” Jesse said.
“It’s mad. Cessnock definitely needs something like this,” Riley added.
Volunteer skate park co-ordinator Matt McKittrick is extremely impressed with how the place has developed.
“It’s just a quality venue; you can’t beat the value in this place,” he said.
“Our young people have got a place to hang.”
Matt encourages anyone to have a go at the indoor skate park: “If you don’t have a go, you don’t learn,” he said.
The PCYC officially opened its new location in August 2014 with the gymnastics centre, boxing area, youth room and skate park now in operation and with more still being developed, including an indoor rock climbing wall and kids’ play area.
Manager Kathy Smith said that the PCYC is not just for young people, and can be fun for all ages and financial situations.
As the PCYC is self-funded, Ms. Smith said they are seeking sponsorship from the community as well as looking for committee members.
“We desperately need the community to get behind us.”
“Whatever money gets put in here stays in here.”
All sponsorships are welcome and can be as small as local discounts for volunteers to buy things such as new skate shoes and equipment.
Ms. Smith said she is stunned every time she walks through the facility, as is everyone that goes to see it.
“Everyone that comes here is amazed.”
PCYC committee president Peter Rosemond, who has dedicated many volunteer hours to build, paint and maintain the new facility, has said that the new PCYC is a really positive addition to Cessnock.
“It provides a significant multi-sport centre that is centrally located for schools, community groups and sporting groups,” he said.
Mr. Rosemond also highlighted the “silent tourism” that the PCYC brings to Cessnock, as people from all over the Hunter and Central Coast are travelling to the area to use the facility, which has knock-on effects for local businesses such as accommodation, petrol stations and restaurants.
For more information on membership and sponsorship, contact the PCYC on 4991 1407.