Murray Bridge Skate Park expansion begins

AIR TIME: Local BMX rider Travis Reddington had previously been vocal in his support for the skate park expansion. Photo: William Bailey.
AIR TIME: Local BMX rider Travis Reddington had previously been vocal in his support for the skate park expansion. Photo: William Bailey.

After years of planning and consultation, construction on the $800,000 Murray Bridge Skate Park extension is about to begin. 

The construction team will arrive in town today and will begin securing the area in Sturt Reserve into a building site tomorrow.

The design is the product of a series of  a meeting with local skaters, BMX and scooter riders throughout 2016.

Rural City of Murray Bridge youth action committee (YAC) member Sam Waters had been involved in the planning stage for over two years, and was thrilled to see work commencing.

“It’s amazing that we’re finally at the stage where it will be all done soon,” he said.

Mr Waters said the project had only been made possible through the collaboration between the council and the YAC. 

“It’s funny to think that this all got started with Steven Shires, myself and a few other kids setting up our own DIY track on some land that wasn’t ours,” he said.

“Once our track was taken down, we got approached by Paul Ankerson and Kevin Heyndyk from the council and it really got rolling from there.”

Mr Waters praised the council’s proactive attitude towards the project. 

“Never once did we feel unsupported,” he said. “Even though it was long, it was a great process and now the region’s younger kids will get to benefit from a really, really cool new park designed for them”

The $800,000 is being entirely covered by the council, but sustainable communities manager Andrew Meddle said it was worth every cent. 

“We really think this is a fantastic investment in our youth, otherwise we would have never considered it,” he said.

Mr Meddle said the years of work will be worth it once construction begins. 

“It’s taken a while, but this is a significant infrastructure project for the city’s youth,” he said. “I am very pleased that council is able to deliver this.”

Construction is expected to take between 10-12 weeks and during that time a 94-metre long ‘Sidewinder’ pump track purchased by the council will be brought in to compensate for the closure.  

He added that the plan was for the expansion to be completed in time for the 2018 SA Youth Week running April 13-22. The skate park will be closed for construction from January 9 to April.

Concept: The design for the revamped skate park. Graphic: Convic/Rural City of Murray Bridge.

Concept: The design for the revamped skate park. Graphic: Convic/Rural City of Murray Bridge.