If all goes to plan, the Yass Skate Park will re-open by Christmas.
Yass Valley Council and Yass Valley Youth Council are hopeful that first-stage works, as part of a total overhaul of the skate park, will mean it will be open to skaters again in a few weeks time.
Council’s director of operations, Simon Cassidy, said preliminary earthworks and the pouring of the concrete base slabs were completed just over two weeks ago.
He said eight pre-fabricated concrete skate ramps were installed on November 2 and that the pouring of the new skate park floor between the new ramps was also recently completed.
The retaining wall construction should also now be complete.
“We are aiming to have the skate park opened prior to Christmas,” Mr Cassidy said.
The works are stage one of two stages, which aim to make the skate park more suitable for experienced users.
“It is hoped that stage two will be completed in the upcoming years if council is able to secure additional grant funding.
“Stage two will be constructed on the pool side of the existing skate park and will be aimed at a more beginner/intermediate user level,” Mr Cassidy explained.
The Yass Valley Youth Council has been heavily involved in the project, undertaking the design and preparing the grant application to the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation.
The youth council has also canvassed support from both council and the general community and has been able to secure the assistance of a number of local contractors and suppliers to provide works in kind or at discounted rates to minimise construction costs and maximise the amount of work that can be undertaken.
Companies that have provided assistance with the project are Yass Earth Movers, Waters Bros Concreting, R&C Pollack Concreting, Yass Valley Hire, Concrite and DB & SM Pollack. Mr Cassidy said council was very grateful for their assistance.
The skate park facility is closed whilst works are completed and council appreciates the patience of skate park users during this period.