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Skaters stoked over Crestmead skatepark improvements.

A very exciting upgrade is coming to Crestmead skatepark.

Logan City Council division 5 councillor Jon Raven said skaters could look forward to a more advanced layout which would cater to a wide range of abilities.

“It’s going to be sort of a street layout, which means it’s got much longer lines, you can get more speed up so you can do much more exciting and dangerous things,” Mr Raven said.

The council has committed a $500’000 budget towards the skate section with an extra $150’000 assigned to CCTV security cameras, seating, free public wi-fi, and night lighting for later practice sessions.

The expansion would wrap around the existing skatepark, which would remain available for younger and less experienced users to enjoy.

“Kids come from all over to use that park, and they’re very excited,” Mr Raven said.

“It’ll mean that we see more people using the park.”

Mr Raven said with the Olympics coming to Brisbane in 2032, the park would allow local skaters to practice more advanced skills and techniques.

“We may have a gold medallist that’s in Crestmead right now,” he said.

Despite recent improvements to the play equipment at Crestmead Park, the skatepark, which is more than 20 years old, had never been upgraded besides basic maintenance.

Mr Raven said the request for a new skatepark was heard “loud and clear” during the 2020 election campaign.

More than 150 kids showed up to a consultation session on the 6th May 2021 which invited skatepark users to have their say in the parks design.

The council has engaged specialist consultants for the project; ex-professional skaters who travelled to the session from Melbourne to listen to community feedback.

“They’ll have plans drawn up based on the feedback from the kids that were there,” Mr Raven said.

Those plans will be proposed at a future community meeting for skatepark users to review and provide additional input.

Mr Raven also said the new council budget would be announced on Monday 21 June, which would contain another big project coming close to the area.

“It’ll be really exciting,” he said.

Watch this space next week for more information following the council’s budget release.

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