Hermanus Skatepark held a fundraising and promo day at the Hermanus Country Market on Saturday and invited members of the public to come and see the progress that has been made on the project thus far.

Khaya Shongwe and Waldo Uys were among the local youngsters who enjoyed testing the almost-completed Phase 1 of the Hermanus Skatepark on Saturday. PHOTO: Taylum Meyer

The skatepark, which is located behind the Hermanus Sports Centre, is a community-funded project managed by locals Graham Tjabring and Andreas Burgers. Phase 1 of the park’s development is almost complete, with a bit more funding needed to finish the sides.

The park is open to the public and dozens of youngsters are already making use of it – all that is required is that you look after the space. 

“The park has provided youngsters with something to do – especially during lockdown when certain sports weren’t allowed due to social distancing rules,” says Graham. “We hope that with more people taking up skateboarding, we can try to get the public involved in making Hermanus more bicycle and skateboard friendly.”

Hermanus Skatepark would like to thank the Hermanus Sports Club for making the park a possibility by allocating the land for the project right at the start. They would also like to thank pro-rollerblader Chris van der Merwe for designing the park; Justin and Ryno Swartz (Walker Bay Decking), Ash Appleby (Southern Right Charters) and Lenvalco Readymix who made sizable donations to get the project started; Dylan Burger (Build It); engineers André van der Merwe (AVDM Consulting Engineers), Eward Grobler (Grobler & Associates), and ABC Civils for donating their time to the project; and Liza van Copenhagen (Hermanus Country Market) for allowing the use of one of her stalls for the promo day.

Lastly, Graham would personally like to thank Andreas for his commitment and for continuously pushing the project forward, especially during the uncertainties of Covid-19.

If you would like to make a donation to the Hermanus Skatepark to help them complete Phase 1, contact Graham on 084 520 8273.

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