19 June 2018

A historic opening of the Margaret River Youth Precinct

The opening of the Margaret River Youth Precinct was an event that brought together the whole community and distinguished guests to celebrate this iconic space.

The space holds a special place in the heart and history of Convic, with Margaret River being our birthplace and and as Simon Oxenham, the founder of Convic, stated at the opening “The original skate park in Margaret River was the first skate park I built, so almost twenty years on it’s a real privilege to be back. We are passionate about the way in which action sports and inclusive recreation spaces have a powerful impact in the healthy development of young people, and in creating connected communities”.

Held on 3 June 2018, it was standing room only as people of all ages and interests enjoyed this new facility. The opening event included something for everyone – whether it be the Learn To Skate clinics with Skateboarding WA, the Soggy Bonesbowl jam, live music, food trucks, face painting, or laser tag. The opening also included Reconciliation Week activities and special guests from the USA, Martin Luther King III and his wife Arndrea and daughter Yolanda King. The King family are big believers in the important role which these facilities play in bringing communities together and they understand the important role that Margaret River has played in launching Convic.

Son of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who led the Civil Rights Movement to end racial segregation and discrimination in America during the 1950s and 1960s, MLK Ill has continued his father’s legacy as a leading spokesperson for nonviolent methods of achieving social change.

“I’m thrilled to be visiting Margaret River together with my family to celebrate this wonderful facility which is a fantastic example of the impact that Convic’s parks have on communities worldwide, and to speak with the local community at this time,” said Mr. King.

To check out more photos of the space, click here.