Skate park upgrades complete

Cr Mathers, Mayor Williams, Cr Smith - Stapleton Park Upgrades

It’s one of the Region’s most popular skate parks, and thanks to a recent upgrade, Stapleton Park has gotten even better.

The upgrades have worked to improve stormwater drainage in the area and remove ongoing issues for the park following wet weather events.

Rockhampton Region Mayor, Tony Williams, said the upgrade was completed in June and means a significant improvement for the much loved community facility.

“We are pleased to deliver these improvements to Stapleton Park that are as a result of community feedback and also part of a wider Council program to improve our community assets and facilities,” Mayor Williams said.

“Although we had undertaken major works in 2018 to help ease the impacts of flooding in the area, the park was unfortunately still experiencing a build-up of silt on the skate ramp and park infrastructure following rain events.

“Council is committed to the continuous improvement of Stapleton Park and we took on board the requests from various community groups to improve the infrastructure of the park.”

Infrastructure Councillor Ellen Smith was pleased to see the most recent upgrades completed to help combat the stormwater issues.

“The latest upgrades to Stapleton Park included approximately 18 metres of reinforced concrete retaining wall, a new asphalt ramp over the existing path entrance, raising of the water fountain, a new swale drain to redirect the water flow, and installation of 13 metres of new kerb,” Cr Smith said.

“We are confident these improvements will drastically improve the impacts to the park during wet weather.”

Divisional Councillor Grant Mathers said the $22,000 upgrades are great news for the local community.

“We know that Stapleton Park is a popular space for the community, particularly for our young people, to have fun and stay active,” Cr Mathers said.

“We tried our best to ensure that the works didn’t cause too much disruption to the normal usage of the park so people could still skate, ride and enjoy this great space.

“Council would like to thank the community for their patience while we undertook these important upgrades and I’m sure they will agree that the latest upgrades are the cherry on top of an already fantastic facility.”

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