State Government funds Skate and Scooter Park
Published on 13 July 2020
Central Goldfields Shire Council has welcomed the news that the State Government has committed $250,000 in funding for the Maryborough Skate and Scooter Park.
Minister Jaala Pulford MP announced the funding as part of the Sport Recreation Victoria – Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.
The announcement follows Council’s endorsement of the final concept designs and location at the February Council Meeting.
Central Goldfields Shire Council Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said he was thrilled with the news that yet another Priority Project had been funded.
“In 2018 we identified the Skate and Scooter Park project as one of our Priority Projects after receiving a petition of 1,000 plus young people telling us this is what they wanted.
“This project is a wonderful example of community empowerment in action. Young people in Central Goldfields, together with our support, have led this project from its inception, through an appraisal and selection process to determine the right location, to the completion of detailed designs.
”We know this new facility will have a broad range of health and wellbeing outcomes for residents of all ages and abilities. It will also be a draw card for Maryborough, attracting skate and scooter park tourism from further afield.
“The existing infrastructure at Princes Park provides us with the perfect backdrop. It will activate one of Maryborough’s key recreational spaces and will complement the existing infrastructure at the site including playground, BBQs, trails and footpaths.”
Council will also contribute $335,000 to the project. A further $60,000 will go towards the project from community/sponsors.
Council is currently seeking feedback on its proposal to sell the land where the existing skate park is located. If Council resolves to sell this land, the sale price will be used to offset Council’s contribution to the new skate park. For more information about Council’s proposal to sell land visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay Written submissions can be made by 5pm, Friday 24 July.
Construction will commence in the 2020-2021 financial year.
Concept designs – additional information:
The Skate and Scooter Park has been designed to reflect the heritage of the site and to accommodate a range of wheeled sports including skateboards, scooters, roller skates, roller blades, toddler bikes and BMX bikes. The design incorporates spectator seating and viewing areas plus shade structures. It enables passive surveillance for parents and carers from several directions including the adjacent facilities (playground and BBQ area).
The new Skate and Scooter Park will provide opportunities for participation in free and low cost recreation activities for children, young people, adults, and older adults.