Council has obtained grant funding to undertake upgrades which are scheduled for Summer 2021-2022. One of the purposes of the Master Plan and consultation processes was to provide the necessary evidence to support major funding submissions for significant upgrades. All projects seeking Council spending need to be weighed against a range of community priorities.
The first stage of the consultation (in April and May 2019) will be gathering information on types of use and preferred elements at the region's skateparks. The results of this consultation will be used by a skatepark designer to come up with concept plans that reflect the feedback from skatepark users, within budget and environmental limitations. The concept design for Gatton Skatepark Upgrades will be added to this site once available from the contractor.
Council receives requests from time to time for shade at some skateparks and will consider installing shade structures subject to the following:
Council encourages parents/guardians to provide active supervision of their children and would consider shaded seating for spectators
Users of skateparks are not required to stay in the sun and need to take responsibility for being sunsmart
There are many sporting and recreational venues across Queensland that are exposed to the sun and don't have shade for participants. This includes cricket fields, football fields, netball courts and beaches
Shade structures at skateparks would come from the same budget as skatepark development and therefore leave less available funding for upgrading the skateable surface
Council received grant funding from the Australian Government to install shade shelters at Gatton Skatepark in 2020
Council is not currently considering any new skateparks in the region in the next 5 years based on the following factors:
Gatton and Laidley skateparks are the most used and can be at capacity regularly
Current levels of use of other existing skateparks in the region is generally low
Its not cost-effective to have skateparks in all towns and users should expect to undertake some travel within the region
Council will consider new skateparks where population growth indicates a significant need
Extensions are scheduled for Gatton in 2021-22 effectively doubling the size of the skateable surface
Extensions are possible at Laidley in the future, subject to Council obtaining funding
Lockyer Valley Regional Council's skateparks are at:
Forest Hill, Forest Hill Recreation Ground, Railway Street
Gatton, Lake Apex, Western Drive
Helidon, Tyson Park, Railway Street
Kensington Grove, Bertrand Avenue
Laidley, Laidley Recreation Reserve, Edward Street
Murphys Creek, Murphys Creek Ground, Dodts Road
Withcott, Jean Biggs Park, Jean Street
Gatton Skatepark will receive a major upgrade commencing early January 2022 (weather permitting), effectively doubling the skateable surface.
Upgrades include a bowl and new street skating features and integrates with the existing skatepark. Additionally, lighting will be installed to allow for evening skating.
Note that the skatepark will be completely closed during construction which is expected to occur from January 2022 until mid-May 2022 (weather permitting). Please note that the February flood event damaged some works in progress and have resulted in a further delay to April. See the bottom of the home page for the location of other local skateparks.
Council has received grant funding from the Australian Government's Drought Communities Programme to undertake upgrades at Forest Hill and Gatton Skateparks. Upgrades include:
Install shade shelters at Gatton Skatepark by the end of 2020
These will be between the carpark and the skatepark
Undertake safety repairs to banks and concrete edges at Forest Hill Skatepark by the end of 2020
These will be similar to recent work undertaken at Laidley Skatepark
Council is currently investigating an option to reseal and extend the bitumen BMX section of the Laidley Skatepark.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Neil is one of Council's Community Engagement Officers