SKATE PARK LIFE

En­cour­age the kids to play out­side

Noosa Life and Style - - FASHION -

DECADES ago Noosa saw the need to en­gage lo­cal young­sters in out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and be­gan ca­ter­ing for the skate­board­ing craze that shows no signs of los­ing its high en­ergy lev­els.

Skate­board parks are now a fea­ture from the coastal strips of Te­wantin, Sun­shine Beach and Pere­gian Beach, right up through the hin­ter­land at Cooroy, Pomona and Kin Kin.

And lo­cal skate­board­ers are lick­ing their lips in an­tic­i­pa­tion ever since the Noosa Coun­cil con­sulted with them about a ma­jor up­grade near­ing com­ple­tion at the pop­u­lar Sun­shine Beach skate park, the shire’s first enclosed – or in-ground – skate bowl.

It’s among a list of el­e­ments skaters asked for and coun­cil pro­ject of­fi­cer Dallas Bick­ley said ev­ery sur­face of the new skate park was de­signed with skat­ing in mind, in­clud­ing the new con­crete seats.

“The ex­ist­ing park is more than 13 years old, so it’s due for an up­grade. The re­vamped de­sign will give lo­cal skaters a new chal­lenge,” he said.

“Resur­fac­ing of the park plus the ad­di­tion of wa­ter taps were other pop­u­lar re­quests from skaters dur­ing last year’s com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion. This up­grade will de­liver all of that.”

The new park caters for both street and tran­si­tion skaters. Key el­e­ments in­clude:

■ A mini half-pipe

■ Rollover with A-frame hubba

■ Flat bank and jer­sey block

■ Love seat quar­ter pipe

■ A-frame and flat steel rails.

The enclosed skate bowl will fea­ture a taco-shaped cor­ner. The ex­ist­ing large steel half pipe will re­main.

At Pere­gian, the old dough­nut-shaped skate bowl, which was in place for al­most 20 years, re­ceived a mod­ern makeover by Con­vic.

As well as more shade, the main bowl now fea­tures smooth tran­si­tions, a love seat, as well as banks and for the tech street skaters, a block and a rail down stairs at the far end.

KEEN: Young skate­board­ers at the Pere­gian Beach skatepark.

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