Coronet Bay,

Riders Jump For Joy At New Skate Park


The new ‘Mobile Fun Box’ skate park was a big hit when it was launched in Coronet Bay last week, attracting dozens of skateboard, BMX and scooter riders on the first day.

Bass Coast Shire Council installed the mobile park at the Coronet Bay Recreation Reserve last Tuesday, with the official launch held on Wednesday morning.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said he was very impressed with the park and the recreational opportunities it would offer to young people in the Waterline areas of the Shire.

“What a great thing it is! This park will help keep young energised and interested in a sport that has been around for 50 years,” Cr Rankine said.

The mobile skate park will also be supervised by the Council’s Leisure Service Contractor, the YMCA. Part of the role of the YMCA is to advise of proper behaviour, undertake programs, and keep statistics for the use of the ramp at the different locations.

“This means we’ll be able to track where the ramp is getting a lot of use, and in the future, consider building a permanent one.”

With the estimated cost of the project totalling $100,000, Council was fortunate to be provided with funding from the Helen McPherson Smith Trust which agreed to transfer $52,000 from the Waterline Community Pool Project as that project did not go ahead.

Cr Rankine also congratulated the community for banding together to make the skatepark a reality.

"Council acknowledges your efforts and I congratulate you on your efforts which have now resulted in the provision of an additional community recreational facility for the residents and visitors to the Waterline area,” Cr Rankine said.

“I would especially like to mention the efforts of Jean Coffey, the President of the Waterline Community Pool Project Committee, and Helen Zervopolous, who was instrumental in the committee being provided with the grant funds.

“This is a great initiative and it’s fantastic the community have gotten together to make it happen.”

The mobile skate park will be shared between five locations – Coronet Bay, Corinella, Grantville, Bass and Newhaven – spending six weeks at each location before moving on.