Riley Taylor of Coffs Harbour took the title of the youth event to heart, by taking to the sky on skate ramps.
Riley Taylor of Coffs Harbour took the title of the youth event to heart, by taking to the sky on skate ramps. Trevor Veale

Sky High success for youth

HUNDREDS of young people took over the top floors of the Castle St car park in Coffs Harbour on Saturday for Sky High.

"The event was a huge success," said Coffs Harbour City Council's director of city services, Ben Lawson.

A youth skate, dance and music event, the Sky High drawcards were local band Nine Sons of Dan and trick skate ramps along the rooftop car park.

Connecting with youth is always a challenge for local government and Sky High aimed to get youth involved in planning the youth space at Brelsford Park.

As many as 200 young people filled in survey forms about what they would like to see at Brelsford Park.

Almost 1000 people attended Sky High and many of the keenest skateboarders sat down with Convic skate park designers to discuss their ideas.

"The overall aim of the event was to begin a new program of youth consultation and Sky High and social media proved to be successful concepts to initially engage young people across the city," Mr Lawson said.

Council is now using social media to connect with youth and its Facebook page is a location for youth news, views and ideas.

Visit: www.facebook.com/#!/CoffsYouthSpace to learn more.



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