Cowes Skate Park works back on track
Following a delay to remove contaminated soil, work can now continue to replace the ageing skate park, located at the Cowes Recreation Reserve.
Bass Coast Shire Council's contractors began demolition of the existing skate park in April.
During this stage, hazardous substances were detected in the soil. Environmental reports and testing was completed on the site, as well as the provision of action plans and notification to Worksafe.
The contaminated soil has now been removed from the site and Council is pleased to inform the community that this important project is back on track. The Project is now expected to be completed in July this year.
The Cowes Skate Park Project was prioritised in Council's Skate Strategy 2018-2028. The Strategy outlined that the Project be completed by 2020, due to the condition of the existing Park.
The $500,000 Project is being fully funded through Council's 2018/19 Capital Works renewal program.
Bass Coast Deputy Mayor Cr Bruce Kent said significant consultation was undertaken for the Project, including several design workshops held with the local skating community.
"The final design will use the existing footprint of the Park and provide a great mix of transition and street style components to accommodate for skaters of all skill levels," Cr Kent said.
"Skate design specialists Playce assisted Council in delivering a design which will complement the Cowes Recreation Reserve and provided a fun, yet challenging experience for all."
Traffic and pedestrian measures will be in place during construction and temporary fencing will be in place throughout the duration of the works.
Cr Kent said Council understands the works may present an inconvenience to users of the Recreation Reserve.
"We realise the delay will impact on users of the park and we appreciate everyone's patience while this great Project is being completed," Cr Kent said.
For more information on the Project, contact Council's Infrastructure Delivery Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211. Keep up to date with all of Council's Capital Works Projects at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/projects.