Coffs Harbour Skate Park takes shape
AFTER years of frustrating delays, Coffs Harbour City Council will today finally begin delivering a skate park to the city's youth.
The Mayor, Denise Knight, and council surveyors will at 9am mark out the footprint for the planned skate park and youth space at Brelsford Park.
"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," Cr Knight said.
"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 been invited 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," said CHERI secretary Therese Conlon.
"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 the council has adopted.
The council's director of city services, Ben Lawson, said staff would be on hand to provide information from 9am to noon.
"We aim to have all the detailed design and quotations for installation completed by the end of September," he 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."