Skate park design approved

SKATE UPGRADES: Marli Dunn, visiting from Batemans Bay in New South Wales, tests out the Port Lincoln skate park facilities.

SKATE UPGRADES: Marli Dunn, visiting from Batemans Bay in New South Wales, tests out the Port Lincoln skate park facilities.

A FINAL concept report for the Port Lincoln Skate Park upgrade has been approved. 

The new concept includes 12 skate features including a mellow quarter pipe, bank to wall spine, mogul mellow banked hip and block seats. 

The aim of the upgrades is to better use the existing site, increase street skating features, add more features for beginner and intermediate skaters and to make the space more family friendly. 

During consultation, skate park users suggested integrating a beginner area for scooters, skate and bmx.

Skate park designer Convic, the community and Port Lincoln City Council have been working together to finalise a design for the upgrades which will update ageing infrastructure such as the perimeter fencing.

Throughout the consultation, non-skateable features like barbecues, shade and more seating were suggested by those who use the park. 

In its report Convic said participants liked the idea of removing the damaged retaining wall and degraded tree, and providing a new separate seating and hangout space with shade.

“These amenities were identified as important to the community as they transform the space into a central community ‘hub’, where parents are able to gather, let their children play and socialise in a central location within the town.”

Other suggestions included more frequent artwork updates, competitions and a comprehensive events calendar to activate the space.

At the council meeting on Monday night chief executive officer Rob Donaldson said one of the next stages was for the council to discuss options for completing the upgrade works. 

He said the options included going with Convic for design and construction or engaging Convic for the design and tendering for construction. 

Convic will now take the final concept design into Developed Design and Construction Documentation along with engineering certification.

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