Enthusiasm was at an absolute high with a large attendance across all ages at the opening of the very impressive Lancefield Skate and BMX Park on Saturday.
Professional skaters put on displays, there were dozens of young skaters - and some not so young - trying out the new facility, there were prizes and giveaways, live music, and refreshments from the local Lions Club, all spread over several hours.
Weather conditions were ideal for the historic opening of this new facility, which was described as being the equal to the designs of many skate parks around the world.
A large sculpture of an extinct diprodendon (giant wombat) which once roamed the Lancefield district gives the layout on the eastern side of the renowned Lancefield Park a special identity.
The formalities involved the mayor Cr Jennfier Anderson and Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas unveiling a plaque ... some of the young skaters were so keen they kept riding during the speeches!
Ms Thomas commended the community, shire council, Lancefield Community Bank, Amy Bell and Damien Choate (skate park committee leaders) and all others who had played a part in the project.
"We all love sport in the Macedon Ranges, but not everyone wants to play team sport," Ms Thomas said.
Cr Anderson said the new facility encouraged visitors to come to Lancefield, and they would often spend money at local businesses.
The skate park was financed largely through $157,000 from the state government, $130,000 from the shire council, $26,000 from the Lancefield Neighbourhood House/Op Shop, $20,000 from the community bank, and $10,000 from Lancefield Youth Group.
Skate park committee president Amy Bell warmly acknowledged the support of the shire council, police, other sporting groups and the park committee.
She said the skate park was definitely "one of the best", with people coming from all around the state to use it.
"As a committee we knew that the town had waited many years for this; we tried our best to ensure the greatest park was provided.
"This was via extensive community consultation, site context, by choosing a designer and builder who were skaters, and appropriate landscaping."