IT was 30 degrees at 4pm on Thursday, but down at the Gladstone skate park it felt at least 10 degrees hotter.

Youngsters Darcy Davidson, 12, and Dan Lyons, 15, go to the park every day.

Dan was "stoked" to hear Gladstone Regional Council would be spending $120,000 putting up shade sails to cover the park.

"I come down here every arvo after school and stay until about 6pm," Dan said.

"It will be good (when the shade sails are up) because it won't be so hot."

The sails were taken down in March 2014 after the posts supporting them were damaged.

And even though Darcy always remembers to "slip slop slap", he said it was hard to avoid getting burnt without shade.

Luckily the new sails will provide 90% more coverage than the previous sails.

Councillor Graham McDonald said construction would begin on April 20 and be finished by early May.

SHADY SKATERS: Dan Lyons, 15 and Darcy Davidson, 12 are looking forward to having shade sails again.
SHADY SKATERS: Dan Lyons, 15 and Darcy Davidson, 12 are looking forward to having shade sails again. Helen Spelitis

 



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