It is happening – we will start building the new Swan Hill skate park next week.
The skate park, which local skaters helped to design in 2017, will be built at Swan Hill’s Riverside Park. Features will include a 1.5m bowl, quarterpipe with platform, and an on-the-street section including A-frame with hubba and rail, and a fun box.
Construction of the concrete skate park is expected to take about 10 weeks, with the opening scheduled for September.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Youth Co-ordinator Kane Sparks said young people had been actively advocating for a new park for many years.
“The skate park design and development has been done in a co-design model with young people. Now, young people will be able to showcase their talents in a safe place with access to things like water and toilets – things they don’t have at the current park,” he said.
“This new skate park will be built to a championship configuration, so we will be able to hold events there, and training sessions for learners.”
Council’s Director Development and Planning Heather Green said the skate park’s construction marked the start of an exciting future for Swan Hill’s riverfront.
“The skate park will be built near the existing southern playground, but will eventually be surrounded by a new modern, active play space – a project that will roll out later this year,” she said.
“Riverside Park will be a different space soon, a more exciting and user friendly space that locals will be proud of and that visitors will be impressed to use.”
Council has appointed experienced skate park builders – Convic.
“We’ve been working closely with Convic to finalise the designs. One major focus has been on ensuring the skate park works with designs for the active play area, looking at things like themes, colours and landscaping,” Ms Green said.
“We’ve also changed the footprint of the new skate park to keep existing trees along Monash Drive.”
She said eight trees would be removed, most of them small to medium in size, and three would be relocated.
Convic will then install site fencing and sheds, which will restrict pedestrian access to Riverside Park via the ramped pathway near the new carpark. All other access points will remain open.
The skate park is being built thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the State Government’s Regional Development Victoria, and Council.
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