kick-start-for-new-400000-skate-parkJumping in with joy: Skateboarders, mayor Jeanette Harding and Leongatha Recreation Reserve committee member Cr Jim Fawcett celebrate the announcement of $100,000 towards replacing the 30 year Leongatha bowl. The concept plans have the redevelopment valued at $420,000. It will include a deeper bowl, street obstacles and viewing area.  D604714.

AT least $300,000 will need to be raised from the community and through South Gippsland Shire Council to finish a project to redevelop the 30 year-old Leongatha skateboarding bowl.
Plans and concept designs have already been drawn up for the project, which will see a deeper, more challenging bowl and street-scape challenges included, along with shaded areas.
Costing estimates are around $420,000.
On Friday, Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced that the State Government would contribute $100,000 through the Community Facilities Funding program.
A further $20,000 has been pledged by the Leongatha Recreation Reserve committee.
South Gippsland Shire will put in an amount yet to be confirmed to finish the project.
“We made our presentation with the concept plans about a year ago,” said Ben Patterson, skateboarder and leader of the Leongatha Skate Park Youth Committee.
“We have to get the funding, then we expect it will be at least another year for work to start.
“We’re hopeful it will start this time next year.
“We think it could become a major destination for skaters in the area.”
The custom-built skate park, which has been designed by professional skate park developers, will replace the ageing facility at the same site.
“The exciting concept plans utilise a sweeping access path as a viewing area, with some challenging elements to test skaters of all levels,” Mr Ryan said.