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The top of the Snake Run in 2016 during 40th anniversary celebrations
|Location||Albany, Western Australia|
|Type||State Registered Place|
|Designated||17 May 2016|
The Snake Run, also known as Albany Snake Run and Albany Skate Track, is a skatepark in Albany, Western Australia. The park is the oldest community funded skatepark in Australia and the second oldest in the world.
The impetus for a dedicated skatepark came following the death of a skateboarder in Albany's main street in the mid-1970s. In 1975 a group of students from Albany Senior High School formed a committee with the idea of building a skatepark. The group started fundraising and soon accumulated A$3,000. The Albany Town Council donated 3 acres (1 ha) of land that was once a gravel quarry and donated A$10,000 to the project.
The track was opened in February 1976 by the American skateboarder Russ Howell.
The run is made from concrete and is 140 metres (459 ft) in length running downhill. The track is curved downward and lipped with a wall on first turn with lower rises on the next two turns and finishing with a drained bowl at the end.
The park was heritage listed in 2016, making it one of the only three skateparks in the world that have heritage status.
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