Skate park revamp announced

Councillor Ron Nelson (left) and Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman (right) announced the redevelopment of the Waurn Ponds skate park. (Photo supplied)

The City of Greater Geelong and the Victorian Government have announced the redevelopment of the popular Waurn Ponds skate park over the next nine months.

The upgrade, which is expected to commence in late August and be completed by March, 2023, will be funded by a $600,000 investment by the City of Greater Geelong and a $1.34 million grant from the Victorian Government’s Sport and Recreation Victoria Community Sport Stimulus Infrastructure Program.

Greater Geelong Mayor Peter Murrihy said the redevelopment would ensure the much-loved community space would continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

““The Waurn Ponds Skate Park was constructed in the late 1990’s and has long been a popular

meeting and active space for community members throughout that southern part of Geelong,”

Mayor Murrihy said.

“Victorian Government support in making this project a reality is greatly appreciated as we know

it will be a terrific asset to a region that has really taken off since the initial skate park was built.”

After two rounds of community consultation through 2021, the new skate park design will recreate the most popular features of the existing site while adding further play elements and employing a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design approach to increase security and safety for the community.

Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman said the state government was committed to providing safe and innovative recreational sites for communities.

“This skate park upgrade will support young people in our community by revamping this popular

meeting place for scooter and skateboard riders,” Mr Cheeseman said.

“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to help fund local projects that will promote outdoor

recreation for our kids.”

The skate park’s half-pipes will remain open for use for the duration of the upgrade.