BASS Coast Shire Council will determine a new location for its Regional Skate Park and Playspace, as both the San Remo Foreshore and Grayden’s Reserve at Newhaven have been deemed unsuitable to deliver the large-scale project.
The $1.5 million project included a $650,000 grant provided by Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV). The funding from SRV for this project has now been withdrawn, following a request from council for a variation to the project.
Both council and SRV agree that the most suitable site, backed by community support, is required in order to deliver this “exciting project”, the council said.
Grayden’s Reserve was selected as the site for the skate park and playspace at the 2019 December council meeting.
“Following this decision, community consultation took place and a project steering committee was established to progress designs,” the council said in a statement.
“The design process was put on hold in March 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions and council’s decision to prioritise its community response to the pandemic.”
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said council was proud of what it had achieved in recent years, including the delivery of skate facilities in Cowes, Corinella and Grantville.
“The Regional Skate and Playspace Project remains a key priority for council, so it is really disappointing that following detailed planning, including thorough community consultation, that both the San Remo Foreshore and Grayden’s Reserve have been deemed unsuitable,” Cr Tessari said.
“We understand the skating community will also be disappointed, but we are committed to achieving the best facility for all levels of skaters across Bass Coast.
“While this funding is no longer available, the good news is SRV has been really positive throughout this process and once we determine a new location, we will be able to re-apply for funding.
“We will now spend some time investigating to find the best location for the skate park and playspace, which will involve community consultation in the future,” Cr Tessari concluded.