Shade sail for memorial park skaters
THE Gladstone Regional Council Memorial Park skate bowl in Gladstone will soon be completely covered by a new shade sail structure.
Parks and recreation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Graham McDonald said the new structure, to be constructed next month, would provide 90 per cent more shade coverage to the skate facility than the previous sails.
"As one of the region's most used recreational facilities, I am pleased that the skate bowl has greater shade coverage and park users will be well protected from the effects of the sun," Cr McDonald said.
"A scheduled inspection of the skate park facility undertaken in March, 2014, identified that the posts supporting the cantilevered sails had potentially suffered impact damage and tension to the shade sails had been lost."
Cr McDonald said in the interest of public safety, Council made a decision to remove all of the shade sails.
"After careful investigation of the available options and allocation of funding in the 2014/15 Budget, Council elected to proceed with the installation of a full shade structure," he said.
"It was decided to replace those sails with a complete system which will provide skateboarders and scooter and bike riders a shaded haven for their activities.
"Council appreciates the community's patience and understanding while this matter was resolved."
Cr McDonald said construction work on the $120,000 project was scheduled to begin on April 20 and be completed by May 8, 2015, weather permitting.
"Temporary construction fencing will be established around the skate bowl for the duration of the installation project," he said.
"It will encompass the skate bowl and an additional 10 metres surrounding the area to allow machinery movement on-site."