Work on a new skate facility is set to kick off this year as part of the Elliott Heads Recreation Plaza.
Specialised contractor Trinity Skate Parks was recently awarded the tender for the construction of the skate facility component of the plaza proposal.
And it’s not the company’s first project within the region with Trinity also responsible for the newly opened Walla Street Skate Park redevelopment.
While the contractor was still finalising its construction program, Trinity had indicated it would be on site in November.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the need for the new skate facility and recreation plaza was identified through a community petition in 2017.
“It’s fantastic to see some progress for this much-anticipated project,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“The work to provide play and recreation opportunities for all ages follows Council’s recent redevelopment of the Elliott Heads foreshore streetscape.
“Not only are these works delivering terrific outcomes for the local community but it’s highlighting Elliott Heads as a must-visit destination in our beautiful region.”
The Elliott Heads Recreation Plaza will be located on the foreshore between the kiosk and the community hall, co-locating the new skate facility with existing facilities such as the toilet block, playground and basketball court.
Divisional representative Cr Tanya McLoughlin said the community had been consulted extensively throughout the Elliott Heads Recreation Plaza project which had experienced some unforeseen delays.
“Securing specialised skate facility contractors and designers has proven difficult but I know the community will be happy to see the project underway at last,” Cr McLoughlin said.
“In order to move forward without further delay, we’ve reduced the scope of the project to construct just the skate facility portion of the Elliott Heads Recreation Plaza at this stage.
“The original concept plans shared with the community also featured parkour elements which are not included in the current works program.
“However, the plaza has been designed in a way which ensures this aspect can easily be added on in the future when budget allows.”
The skate facility work set to kick off this year will feature a range of rails and ramps constructed on the coastal side of the pathway which currently runs through the Elliott Heads Recreation Plaza site.
Within the concept plans the parkour elements were designed to be situated on the western side of the pathway ensuring that, by undertaking the work in stages, the design would not be compromised.
The contractor has ensured its activities will be undertaken in a manner sensitive to the surrounding natural environment.
To stay up to date with progress on the construction of the new skate facility within the Elliott Heads Recreation Plaza, head to the project page.