Mount Cotton will get a new skate park after Council approved funding to replace an existing facility that a will be removed at the request of the owner to make way for an extension to the Mt Cotton Shopping Centre.
Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said the decision was a positive for local kids with the new skate park to be built just metres from the current facility.
“This is a very popular skate park and Council has committed $500,000 to construct a new facility so local kids still have somewhere to skate,” she said.
“The current skate park was built on privately owned land following negotiations between the developer and Council as part of the original Mt Cotton residential development in 1990s.
“Originally the aim was for the land where the skate park is to be transferred to Council but unfortunately this never happened and the new owner has now advised Council that the skate park needs to be removed to make way for an extension to the Mt Cotton shopping centre.
“Obviously we would prefer the current skate park remain but the land owner has made it clear that it can’t, so Council is stepping up to make sure local kids don’t miss out.”
Council’s infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said Council would consult with skate park users to develop the new skate park’s design.
“The skate park users are best placed to tell us what a new facility should look like so we will be working with them to design it,” he said.
“The timeline for the redevelopment of the shopping centre means the current skate park will close early 2016 with construction on the new one to be complete by the end of next year.
“During construction there are plenty of other facilities available for locals to use including nearby Thornlands Skate Park (William Stewart Park), Victoria Point Skate Park (Cascade Gardens) and Redland Bay Skate Park (Sel Outridge Park).”