Norris Road Skate Park

Tenders are open for the construction of the skate park near PCYC, off Norris Road.

Economic Development and Planning Committee chair Cr Amanda Camm said council was looking for tenders from experts in skate park design and construction.

“This $2.2 million skate park will be a state-of-the-art facility that features a 10-foot competition bowl, intermediate bowl and an 80m-plus street run," she said.

“It is anticipated to attract state and national events as early as next season.

“Not only will this boost the local tourism industry, but it will also provide a facility where beginners can learn and talented young riders can hone their skills.

“The park has been designed with a community focus and currently features plenty of other recreational activities for those who don’t skate, including a full-size multi-sports court, informal grassed play area, climbing wall, parkour equipment, nature play area, ping pong and barbecue and picnic areas.

“The final scope will be known once tenders are received.

“Due to the developing partnership with PCYC, it is anticipated the park will be a safe and secure area for the whole family.”

Applications for tenders will close on February 6.

Construction is scheduled to commence early March and is expected to take about 22 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Council also ran an online poll calling for suggestions on what to name the new skate park, which closed on Monday (January 8).

The poll attracted 25 suggestions in total.

One of the most popular was the Sugar Bowl, with Skaters’ Paradise, MKY, The Northside Grinder and Grind Town also making the list.

Council is hoping to determine a name for the competition-level facility early this year.

This project is a joint-funded initiative between Mackay Regional Council and the Federal Government’s Better Community Building Fund.