Construction of the new skate park and pump track at Kariong is rolling along

by LukeAdmin

Kariong Oval skate park and pump track concept design

Council has started construction of the new skate park and pump track at Kariong Oval which is designed for a range of ages, abilities, and wheels.

The high quality active recreational space is due for completion by May, and will provide an engaging space for local families and the broader community to connect and lead active outdoor lifestyles. 

Council Director Community and Recreation Services, Mel Smith said the community has shaped the design of the new skate park and pump track and informed the decision-making process for this project.  

Community engagement activities were held in 2021 with design workshops and an online survey resulting in 302 submissions, with this valuable feedback guiding the concept designs to ensure they reflect the needs of the community,” Ms Smith said. 

“Community engagement identified a preference  for a street style skate park and pump track with transitional flow and obstacles that cater to beginner and intermediate skill levels. The inclusion of seating, shade and water re-fill stations were also a priority by many members of the community – which are all reflected in the final designs, along with new landscaping, installation of waste bins and connective pathways.

“The pump track is a continuous smooth track with banked curves and crests which can be used by a variety of ages and abilities on bikes, scooters, skate boards or skates.” 

The new skate park and pump track is conveniently located within the Kariong Oval precinct on the Curringa Road frontage with easy access to the library and adjoining carpark. The site is nestled between mature eucalyptus trees and connected open grassed areas, creating a central community space with opportunities for varied passive recreation for everyone to enjoy. This location also allows for natural surveillance which creates a safer environment and reduces anti-social behaviour. 

This new facility will replace and improve upon the existing skate bowl (located at the Central Coast Highway side of the oval) which is in poor condition and set for demolition once the new skate park is complete. 

Council Administrator Rik Hart said this project is a great example of how community participation in consultation leads to real impact in the final design and delivery of new facilities.

“This new skate park and pump track will cater to the needs of the community now and for future generations and improve liveability of the area,” Mr Hart said.

“We will continue to use community opinion and feedback to make informed decisions to deliver better services, community facilities, and projects for the Central Coast region.” 

This project is funded by Council’s general revenue and Local Infrastructure Contributions, which are charged by Council when new development occurs. These contributions fund local infrastructure needed to support an increased number of residents in the area. 

Plans for a local level playspace were also developed in the concept plans alongside the new skate park and pump track. Construction costs have increased significantly since original budget estimates and concept plans were developed, so the playspace component will be delivered by Council later once additional funding is confirmed. 

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