Our skate culture has come a long way. Gone are the days in the 1970s when we were dropping into abandoned swimming pools. Fast forward to this September and Sunshine Coast locals should be hugging the rail on a precision-built skate park in the heart of Caloundra.
Skaters, BMXers and scooter riders will soon see their skate park design become reality with Sunshine Coast Council beginning construction on a
new Dicky Beach concrete playscape in early March.
As part of the Dicky Beach Precinct Plan, stage one works will reflect the SS Dicky wreck’s significance to the local area and include open spaces and much-needed community facilities to create a welcoming experience for the locals and visitors coming to the area.
Divisional councillor Terry Landsberg says many people in the community provided valuable feedback in 2019 to help shape the Dicky Beach Precinct Plan and new skate park.
“It’s great to reach the construction phase of this project and see that valuable local input become a reality for our community,” Cr Landsberg says.
“It will include features such as ramps, rails, grind ledges, quarter pipes, stairs, plus more! There will also be shaded seating and spectator areas to watch all the action from.”
The upgrade includes new public amenities, picnic shelter and pathways, beach showers, park lighting, furniture such as seating, drinking fountain, bike parking, bins and landscaping.
“As well as the community-led skate park, council is also improving disability parking so this soon-to-be revitalised area can be accessed by everyone in our community,” Cr Landsberg says.
“During the construction period, the existing 20-year-old skate park will be closed while it is demolished to make way for the new one, which is expected to be finished in early September, dependent on weather and site conditions.
To find your nearest skate park location visit the Sunshine Coast Council’s website by searching, ‘Skate and BMX parks’. For further information on the Dicky Beach Precinct Plan visit the council’s website.