The Kingscote Skate and Youth Park which has been on the wish list for the community for 25 years has finally been completed with just the landscaping component left to do.
The project, managed by Advance Kingscote Progress Association, was officially opened on March 7 by Minister for Sport and Recreation, Leon Bignell.
The original skate run at the Soldiers Memorial Park, which was designed by Trevor Florance in 1977 and built by Wayne Riley and Stephen Budarick, has received an upgrade thanks to the diligent work of Advance Kingscote, many community organisations and volunteers.
After years of fundraising by local youths, Advance Kingscote agreed to manage the project in 2014
They sought a grant from the Kangaroo Island Council of $15,000 to engage architects Oxigen Landscape Architects and Baseplate.
A concept design was created in consultation with the community and it was the design which enabled Advance Kingscote to leverage further funding to complete the build.
In 2017, donations from the Lions Club ($20,000), Advance Kingscote ($5000), Kingscote Football Club ($5000), the American River Shed ($1000) as well as the proven support from the community provided the much needed leverage to win a KI council community infrastructure grant of $60,000, as well as a state government grant of $113,000 through the office for Sport and Recreation.
Sam Bennett and his team from Carving Concrete, who built the skate park are skaters themselves, and they modified the design to suit the modern skating techniques at their own cost.
The design is complex and yet smooth to skate and pupils from KICE, along with some other more experienced skaters, gave the concrete a thorough trial.
Over the years many residents, businesses and organisations have contributed to the project who, without their support, would never have become a reality.
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