Park upgrades on track for August

Despite the recent wild weather the council’s skate park upgrade is on track to be finished by the end of August.

The park was closed on May 21 this year for construction to begin on the $400,000 project.

The council received $200,000 from the Open Space Program, a state government fund, with the Port Lincoln Council matching the grant to fund the project.

Before the upgrades began in May the park consisted of just three different sized bowls with limited street skating provisions.

However, after consulting with users of the park the upgrade has added more street skating equipment, shelter, shaded seating and has improved pedestrian access to the park.

The council hopes the new design and upgrades will help cater to users of all different skill levels and provide them with a wider variety of skating obstacles.

Existing infrastructure is also being upgraded including renovations to the existing bowls, upgrades to safety fencing, additional landscaping, and repair work to the toilet roof and retaining wall

The three month upgrades and renovations are expected to be completed by August 31, with an official ceremony thought to be held shortly after to reopen the skate park.

Construction company CONVIC is leading the park’s major upgrades, with local contractors to be brought in to put the final touches on.

A draft concept plan was first introduced in January last year before skate park users and members of the community were invited to provide comment on the plan.