Display Tender WRC008323
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- Brenda Tengbom
- Kalinda Edwards
Whitsunday Regional Council (Council) is looking to develop a new skate bowl at Gideon Pott Park Bowen. This facility, which is being described as an ‘Improved Skate Bowl for Intermediate and Beginner Skaters’ as the Bowen Foreshore has a ‘Street Style’ facility and will form part of the Tract Planning Proposal that has been to Community Consultation. The proposed ‘Improved Skate Bowl for Intermediate and Beginner Skaters’ is to be designed and constructed as an integrated part of the Tract Proposal attached.
Gideon Pott Park (subject site) is a 3.19Ha parcel of land situated off Mount Nutt Road in Bowen adjacent to the Wangaratta Caravan Park. The skate park, which is highlighted in Figure 1, forms part of a larger recreational precinct servicing the northern parts of Bowen’s urban area.
The subject site enjoys frontage to Mount Nutt Road along its northern boundary and is accessible from the roundabout at the intersection of Golf Links Road and Mount Nutt Road located at the north-western corner of the park. Both vehicle and pedestrian access is currently afforded via a sealed service road (Mount Nutt Road Park Access) which runs parallel to the site’s northern boundary. The site also shares its southern boundary with Wangaratta Caravan Park that has major drainage infrastructure in the form of a concrete lined stormwater channel that runs through the golf course and discharges to the ocean.
The subject site is owned by Council and has been leased to individual organisations for sports and recreational use.
Council’s vision is to create an ‘Improved Skate Bowl for Intermediate and Beginner Skaters’ that offers sufficient attraction in terms of rider experience and challenge to entice residents from across the region as
well as those visiting Bowen to want to use the facility and that can also be used as a venue for competitions and exhibition or demonstration events.
To achieve these goals, the skate park’s design will need to meet the following design objectives:
- To function as a destination for families and spectators in addition to accommodating the needs of riders;
- Cater to a mix of skate and scooter disciplines;
- Accommodate a wide range of ages and riding skills including meeting the needs of very young beginners (potentially with parents) through to advanced adult riders;
- Incorporate rideable features that have accessible uses for beginners, facilitate progression and offer interest to advanced riders;
- Offer both street and ramp / bowl aspects with some areas to integrate the disciplines;
- Achieve smooth and flowing riding transitions with lines in both front and backward directions, and potential for back-to-back trick combination runs;
- Incorporate a unique and memorable rideable feature that will distinguish this venue from other similar-type facilities as a way of encouraging sports tourism;
- Facilitate social interaction amongst riders with opportunities for various groups and in particular youth to adopt gather spaces as their own. Strategies such as incorporating graffiti walls, rideable art installation and the like are to be considered as part of the skate bowl’s design; and
- Incorporate features including lighting that will enable the venue to be used during all times of the day and night. Consideration also needs to be given to the season conditions (heat and humidity but also to ensure the facility remains functional during the wet season).
Council’s expectation is that in the order of $267k of funding will be required to design and construct the type of Skate Bowl envisioned for the Gideon Pott Park Reserve.
Council requires a suitably resourced and experienced Contractor to:
- Prepare a design to replace the current skate bowl. Note: Council has an allocated W4Q proposed funding amount for this project of $267,000.00 excl GST.
- b) To demolish and reconstruct the newly designed skate bowl.
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