A recreational area is set for design work at Elliott Heads to give families a new social hub with a scooter and skate-friendly area beside the beach.
A tender for the conceptual design of the new Skate and Recreation Plaza has been released by Bundaberg Regional Council as part of #BRCbudget19.
The plaza will be unlike any facility in the region, according to divisional representative Cr Scott Rowleson, who described the area as a “hub perfect for the whole family to get involved in physical and fun activity”.
“Unlike a regular skate park, we want this design to incorporate both active and passive recreation areas to enable the facility to become a social hub and a place of sport and recreation,” he said.
“Areas of higher risk and challenges for experienced users as well as areas for beginner users are featured in the scope of design.
“There will also be seating and appropriate shade, providing the perfect place for friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors and the beautiful coastal region.”
Cr Rowleson said the site would also be wheelchair friendly and cater to all abilities and ages.
The project is funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program with Council seeking a suitably qualified design firm to undertake the concept design of the plaza within the Elliott Heads River and Beach Park.
Skate Plaza adds to current redesign of Elliott Heads
Cr Rowleson said the plaza would complement the finished works currently being undertaken at the Elliott Heads foreshore.
“The current foreshore redevelopment works is centered on improving roads, pathways and parking” Cr Rowleson said.
“The construction of the Skate and Recreation Plaza will enhance and complement this foreshore redevelopment and provide an ideal place for physical activity and social interaction.
“The design of the facility will take into consideration the surrounding residential properties and seek to minimise visual impact to these residents.”
Community feedback steers concept
Cr Rowleson said the concept for the plaza came about after it was identified in Council's Parks and Open Space Strategy, on the basis of community feedback provided not only during the Parks Community Survey last year, but by numerous residents over many years.
“The community feedback we had received included the need for more equipment for families, youth and older children,” he said.
“It's very pleasing this Council will deliver on that feedback.”
“Elliott Heads River and Beach Park was identified as the ideal park for the upgrade due to its high level of utilisation, size and location within a popular coastal community.”
The proposed location for the Skate and Recreation Plaza is the area west of the existing community hall and new formalised car park in Elliott Heads.
“This site has been chosen due to the proximity to car parking, toilets, the playground and kiosk as well as the network pathway,” Cr Rowleson said.
“It is also an area we can an easily supply Wifi and CCTV down the track.”
After the tender process is complete, Bundaberg Regional Council will undertake community consultation regarding the plaza’s design.
This project is a joint initiative of the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council.