Kangaroo Island Council have granted Development Approval and Advance Kingscote Progress Association (AKPA) are hopeful to have a safer and more exciting skate park ready for use early next year.

Jumping for joy: KICE kids from the Kingscote campus surrounding Premier Jay Weatherill and Leon Bignell MP at the skate and youth park. Photo: Steve Howell.
Jumping for joy: KICE kids from the Kingscote campus surrounding Premier Jay Weatherill and Leon Bignell MP at the skate and youth park. Photo: Steve Howell.

Works can now officially begin on the Kingscote skate park project.

KI Council have granted Development Approval and Advance Kingscote Progress Association (AKPA)  are hopeful to have a safer and more exciting skate park ready for use early next year.  

Plans for the skate park are now in their final stages with feedback received from the community provided to the architects to potentially include and adapt the design. 

AKPA Chairman Graeme Connell said, "We are very pleased at the response from the community and the thoughtful and measured ideas for the design, but the time has come for us now to build it."

Oxygen Architects and Baseplate Skatepark Designers have engaged a concreter from the mainland to work on the project. 

AKPA is committed to using and supporting local businesses wherever possible but concrete works on a skate park are very specialised and this part will be outsourced to a mainland business. Everything else will be provided by local suppliers.

A small grant for $10,000 was also provided from Minister Rebekah Sharkie through the Mayo Stronger Communities Program towards landscaping, shelter shed and fencing for the park. 

Mr Connell said, "It is really important that our young people are involved in this project wherever possible.

“The designs for the skating elements were developed from a consultation session that the architects held with youth at the school and we want to continue that involvement and collaboration with the school all through the project." 

The skate park has to be an area that is welcoming to families. The landscaping design includes a nature play area. AKPA and school students will collaborate on the design of this.   

Plans and updates on the project will be displayed on a notice board located at the skate park in the next couple of weeks

AKPA would like to thank all their supporters, in particular Ministers Bignell and Sharkie, KI Council, Lions Club, Kingscote Football Club, the American River Shed and the many donations from the community.

If you would like to become involved, please contact Maree Baldwin at the KI Community Centre on 8553 2809.