THE Clarence City Council has accepted a tender of $1.14 million for the construction of a skate park at Kangaroo Bay.
The skate park will deliver a high quality facility in Clarence and complement the Kangaroo Bay precinct as a social and recreational hub.
Clarence Acting Mayor Jock Campbell said the facility would deliver an important social benefit for the youth of the city.
“Council is delighted to see the skate park come to fruition as it will be a place for our young people to meet and enjoy for many years to come,” he said.
“This is a high quality facility on a national scale and we have received many positive comments so far about this project, particularly from skateboarding bodies that believe this facility could host future national skateboarding events.
“The park is also another important step in the revitalisation of Kangaroo Bay as it will add to the vibrancy of the area and become a place for friends and family to gather.”
The idea for a skate park was initially raised in a petition from young people to improve the facilities for skaters in a central location in the city.
Consultation was conducted with sporting clubs based at Kangaroo Bay, Council’s youth group, the Department of Education and Rosny College that helped shape the project.
“I would like to thank everyone who gave suggestions on the development of the skate park, as well as the Tasmanian Government who provided $140,000 towards the cost of it,” Alderman Campbell said.
Initial preparation of the site has begun and it is expected that the skate park will be completed in February 2016.