Major upgrades ahead for local skate parks

BIGGER AND BETTER: Lithgow Council has a plan to upgrade the facilities in Wallerawang and Portland to match the standard of the skate park in Lithgow.
BIGGER AND BETTER: Lithgow Council has a plan to upgrade the facilities in Wallerawang and Portland to match the standard of the skate park in Lithgow.

New and improved skate parks will be introduced in Wallerawang and Portland.

Lithgow City Council has set aside a total budget of $200,000 to make significant upgrades to the skate facilities in the two towns.

The projects are part of council’s capital works for the current financial year, with $100,000 allocated to each location.

Council has opened a survey for community members to share their thoughts on the skate park renewal projects on its website.

Lithgow Council operations manager Iain Stewart said he and his fellow staff would be striving to achieve a desirable result for all residents including children, parents and business owners.

The facilities should also keep a host of skateboard, BMX and scooter enthusiasts happy.

Mr Stewart said it was likely the Portland skate park would stay in its current location.

However there was potential for the Wallerawang facility to make a move.

At a Wallerawang community meeting held in May a suggestion was made to relocate the skate park from its current location near the Memorial Hall to Federation Park in Main Street.

The proposed position is near a children’s playground making it easier for parents with children of various ages to supervise them.

Better lighting and a more visible location were also reasons for moving the skate park to Main Street.

Visit council.lithgow.com/skate-park-consultation to complete the survey. Submissions close on August 31.