Yarragon Skate Park Project

 A new 405m2 plaza style skate park for our local young people.

Background

Baw Baw Shire Council recognises the importance of providing a range of recreation opportunities for our community. One of Council’s key roles is to provide recreation and sporting opportunities that service the needs of the community and contribute to resident’s participation in active and healthy lifestyles.

Skate and BMX parks are major venues for recreational opportunities for young people. Council has already made a strong commitment to developing skate and BMX parks for residents through the provision of a number of quality facilities throughout the Shire.

This project will help young people feel connected to their friends and other community members, look out for each other and socialise in an inclusive and engaged way.

Strategic Context

In 2013, Council adopted the Baw Baw Skate and BMX Strategy 2012-2030. The strategy aims to guide Council’s decision making to ensure skate and BMX facilities meet the current and future needs of the community.

The strategy identifies and recommends the development of a local skate park facility in Yarragon.

The strategy further identifies opportunities to combine skate park facilities with playgrounds and other facilities to form youth precincts. These precincts provide opportunities for a cross range of age groups to recreate in the same area.

Scope of Works 

The project will see construction of a 405m2 unique plaza style skate park to cater for beginners to intermediate skill levels, including associated amenities in the open space at Howard Park, Yarragon.

Community Support

The Yarragon Community Skatepark Association Inc. have been instrumental in progressing this project through the relevant stages in partnership with Baw Baw Shire Council since 2015. We acknowledge and thank them for their hard work and dedication.

Project Budget and Funding

The total budget to deliver this project is $295,000.

Baw Baw Shire Council in partnership with the Yarragon Community Skatepark Association Inc. has been successful in securing a $221,250 grant from the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community Facility Fund.

The $73,750 balance will be funded through Council’s Capital Works Program.

Project Timeframes

The contract for the construction works has been awarded to Concreed. Works are expected to commence in early June 2018 and be completed by September 2018 (weather permitting).

Every effort will be made to minimise the impacts to the community during the construction works.

Working hours will restricted to between 7.00am to 6.00pm from Monday to Friday (except in special circumstances which are subject to approval from Council).

What to Expect

During construction there will be additional activity in the area around Howard Park including Loch Street and Burnett Street.

These activities may include the following:

  • Service locating
  • Mechanical excavations
  • Earthworks
  • Deliveries of material
  • Forming of skate park elements
  • Pouring and finishing concrete
  • Landscaping and site reinstatement

Continued Advocacy

Community infrastructure remains one of Council’s advocacy priorities. We will continue to advocate for the needs of our growing Shire to other levels of Government so we can work together to deliver projects that matter.

Do you have any questions?

We’re here to help! If you have any questions about the Yarragon Skate Park Project, please get in touch with us on 5624 2411, via Live Chat on the Council wesite or via Facebook Messenger anytime during business hours.