Brelsford skate park a step closer to reality
IT'S been a long wait for those wanting action on a new skate park in Coffs Harbour. The wait is almost over.
Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, and Council surveyors will mark out the footprint for the planned skate park and youth space on the ground at Brelsford Park on Saturday at 9am.
"Giving the youth of Coffs Harbour a skate park they can be proud of has been one of my top aims since I first stood for Council - so this very first step in the construction process is a really, really exciting moment," said Cr Knight.
"The icing on the cake is that this project is going to be so much more than a simple skate park, it's going to be a focal point for creative activities for the whole community."
The Mayor's excitement is shared by local skaters group Coffs Harbour Extreme Riders Inc. (CHERI) whose members have also been invited along to the marking out.
"After several years of working towards getting a quality skate park in Coffs Harbour, CHERI members are very excited that this facility is to be built at Brelsford Park very soon," CHERI secretary Therese Conlon said.
"As advocates for the skate park, CHERI would like to thank Council for allowing us to have input into the park design and we look forward to working with Council on the next phase of this very important youth project."
As well as the marking out of the planned skate park and youth space, the community is invited to the event to view the concept plans that have been adopted by Council. Council staff will also be on hand to answer questions and provide information from 9am until noon.
The morning is also an opportunity to gain community input into some of the concept plan's creative elements - such as using the traced outlines of real people as part of the structure's design - and also seeking the public's own ideas on decorative features for the skate park and youth space.
Council's Director of City Services, Ben Lawson, said once the final feedback is collected it won't be long before the long dreamed of skate park becomes a reality.
"We aim to have all the detailed design and quotations for installation completed by the end of September," Mr Lawson said.
"We're focused on completing these works for the community as soon as possible. At this stage we anticipate that we will be able to open the finished facility by the end of this year."