Inspire : Public Works Jan Feb 2014
33 with 40/20mm graded rock to improve drainage. The top 300mm was formed with compacted cr usher dust to ensure compaction levels were not compromised. The project was completed in late 2011, on budget and on time. "For a regional council, $700,000 was a signifcant investment on a skate park and that had been questioned by a lot of people at the time the original announcement was made," Buller says. "But now that it's actually in the ground, we've received really positive feedback." WINNING FORMULA The park was an instant hit with the end users, thanks in no small part to their involvement throughout the process. "They have that ownership of the facility, and as a result you don’t see a lot of graffti, the area’s kept relatively tidy, there's that level of respect from the end-user," says Bulley. But it's not just the local skaters and BMX riders who appreciate the new facility; it has also become a drawcard for spectators, both locals and tourists. "I remember on the day it opened, I had a retired couple from Sydney approach me to say they'd been down there twice that day just to watch the skaters; they were really impressed," Bulley says. Leveraging off the success of the Port Macquarie Skate Park project, the council has turned the site into a recreational hub, with a new playground installed and plans for a permanent amenities block and a kiosk currently at the design stage, with the construction budget already allocated. "It's a really iconic reserve and something that the community should be really proud of,” Bulley says. ••• Conditions demanded signi cant geotechnical improvements to the site (below), while the highly corrosive environment presented its own challenges to the concrete construction (top and bottom). It can be quite challenging to engage with youth, so a fair bit of thought was put into how we managed that process.
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