This page contains a news story about the new Pohe Island Skatepark which begins refurbishment and construction in mid 2020.
8/07/2020 11:48 a.m.
Pohe Island’s Skatepark is the spot to watch over the next few months as it is transformed into our District’s most diverse skating venue.
The transformation will be in two stages. Stage one will include renewing and extending the existing skatepark and putting in a path to the new Pohe Island carpark.
For those who prefer to watch other’s acrobatic activities, there will also be lots of places to sit and observe the goings on.
The project team reports that it is satisfying to see the project getting off the ground after many years of planning, engagement with key stakeholders and a community design workshop last year.
The skatepark renewal and extension has been designed by skatepark designer Richard Smith of Rich Landscapes. A skater for more than 20 years, he has designed an environment that appeals to a wide variety of user groups and styles.
The contract for the renewal has been awarded to local contractors Steve Bowling Contracting Ltd (with skatepark specialists Angus McMillan Concrete) who also built the original skatepark in 1994.
Following the new carpark, the skatepark upgrade is the second major project to be delivered from the Pohe Island Master Plan which provides a blueprint for the transformation of Pohe Island from a capped landfill into a highly valued recreational park.
The project team is also working with WSP Opus and Playground Centre to finalise the destination playground design to be built nearby, and integrate as many of the suggestions as possible received from the public last year. Images of the design will be released when it has been developed further and construction is planned to start in 2021.
This Pohe Island landfill site was closed in 2005 so that it could become recreational parklands. Last year a 250-plus carpark was developed in the centre of the park to provide people with access to the features yet to come. This is the first of those new, major features.