Redland City Mayor Karen Williams officially opened the new $600,000 Mount Cotton Skate Park today topping off a day of celebrations around the opening.
Cr Williams said the new skate park is expected to attract skateboarders from around the City and further afield.
“Today’s opening crowd was an indication of the vital role these facilities play in the community,” Cr Williams said.
“This skate park has been built to high standards, and importantly, it was designed in consultation with the community.”
“Council held extensive community consultation on the concept and construction of the skate park to ensure it becomes a well-used facility where people can come together to enjoy physical activities.
“The park has been built to provide a range of experiences and is suitable for all skill levels.”
Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty was involved in two rounds of consultation, speaking with local families and skaters about the final design.
“I can see the Skate Park is going to be incredibly popular with the children and young people of the area,” Councillor Talty said.
“The skating on display today showed incredible skill and athleticism and I am certain some of these talented young skaters will go on to great professional and amateur success.
“Council will continue to manage and monitor the park and surrounding facilities so that it remains part of a great family facility, suitable for all ages.”
People can arrive at the Skate Park at Mount Cotton Community Park, via Valley Way,
The official opening by the Mayor at 12 noon was part of several hours of entertainment for people of all ages and skating abilities.
- an all-ages beginners’ session at 8.30am
- the ‘Groms go-off’ at 10.30am with the crew from Stoke Skateboarding, featuring races, time trials and prizes for kids aged 12 and under
- a free Barbecue from 11.30am – 1.00pm
- a skateboard ‘demo’ by skateboard pro’s at 12.30pm featuring popular skaters Dennis Durrant, Andrew ‘Beacho’ Beauchamp, Mitch Morrison, Joel Mcilroy and Pat Dandy.
Cr Williams said the new facility complements the community facilities already available at Mt Cotton.
“It has taken a shared investment in community partnership to see this great project through to successful completion,” she said.