Mansfield Skate Park officially opened
18 February 2017
- Upgraded skate park officially opened today, providing local youth with a safe space to meet, learn, skate and socialise
- The opening realises a dream initiated by a dedicated group of park users in 2012
- The skate park is part of a modern, purpose-built Youth Hub for Mansfield
Mansfield's youth-driven upgraded skate park is officially open, delivering a modern, purpose-built Youth Hub for the area.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project, initiated by a group of local park users in 2012, was an example of the passion of regional communities and their young people.
"This is much more than a skate park, it is a safe place for youth in the community to meet, skate and socialise.
"I had the pleasure of travelling to Mansfield back in September 2016 for the start of work on this exciting project, and I am delighted to see the skate park upgrade come to fruition."
Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the 1,000-square-metre skate park includes a quarter pipe, a bowl, manual pads, ledges, ramp banks and rails."
"This weekend's Mansfield Phruntsyde Skate event provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the completion of this fantastic and long-awaited piece of community infrastructure."
Mansfield Shire Council Mayor Paul Volkering said from the very beginning, the youth of Mansfield banded together, formed the Skate Park Action Group and began working with Council through extensive consultations, assessments and designs.
"The Action Group showed commitment and dedication, which continued throughout the entire five-year lifespan of this development. It's a credit to this group that we stand here on such a marvellous facility," Cr Volkering said.
The upgraded skate park was partially opened prior to Christmas, with finishing touches such as landscaping works and construction of a bouldering wall continuing since then.
The Coalition Government provided $200,000, the Victorian Government $132,000, Mansfield Shire Council $100,000, with the Skate Park Action Group and Mansfield Community Fund investing $75,000 toward the project.