21 Aug, 2015

Works To Commence On East Park Lands Temporary Skate Park

Work is expected to commence on the temporary skate park in Ityamai-itpina (Park 15), in the east Park Lands announced earlier this year thanks to co-funding from City of Adelaide and the contribution of $375k from the state government’s Planning and Development Fund.

Since the announcement of a suitable location earlier this year, City of Adelaide designers have worked with local skater and BMXers to develop a concept design for the skate facility in Ityamai-itpina (Park 15) that ensure a fit-for purpose surface for skaters is included in the build.

Total cost to implement the design, which includes elements that can be relocated when the permanent skate park is constructed, is estimated at $490k, with City of Adelaide contributing the balance of the funding.

Lord Mayor Martin Haese said it is important that Council gets the design and construction of this space right, not only for the skaters and BMXers but for all users of Ityamai-itpina (Park 15).

“We are very excited by this design because it’s more than a space for skaters and BMXers. As well as the linear skate section, the existing basketball courts will be updated, transforming to three half-court basketball courts with additional seating and shelter for spectators,” said Martin.

“The temporary skate facility will provide a prime opportunity for us to continue our conversations with the community and consider their feedback when we undertake long term planning and negotiations for a new permanent facility.”

Planning Minister John Rau said the temporary skate and activity park will be a place for the whole community and will be the first stepping stone towards the creation of a permanent facility down the track.

The temporary skate facility in the east Park Lands is expected to be ready for skaters, BMXers and the whole community by late 2015.

The western Park Lands opposite the State Government’s first higher density urban infill project at Bowden will also be upgraded later this year to incorporate a space for youth and for skaters. The upgrade is supported by Renewal SA, City of Charles Sturt and City of Adelaide.