Skate Lake Mac

This consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. The Project Team are currently reviewing all surveys received and an engagement summary will be prepared in early 2019.

Council is developing three new skate parks in Croudace Bay (Thomas H Halton Park), Morisset (Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park) and Windale (Bahloo Reserve). We want to hear from you on the type of skate park you would like to see in these locations.

Check out the animation and tell us what type of skate park you would like to see by completing the short survey below.

This consultation closes Friday 14 December.


This consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. The Project Team are currently reviewing all surveys received and an engagement summary will be prepared in early 2019.

Council is developing three new skate parks in Croudace Bay (Thomas H Halton Park), Morisset (Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park) and Windale (Bahloo Reserve). We want to hear from you on the type of skate park you would like to see in these locations.

Check out the animation and tell us what type of skate park you would like to see by completing the short survey below.

This consultation closes Friday 14 December.


Council is developing three new skate parks at Windale, Morisset and Croudace Bay. Feel free to ask a question on the location of these parks and we will respond.

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  • Can you please fix the lights ASAP at Chip Bowl Charlie. Two of the main lights for the big bowl are not working, neither is the main light attached to the light switch pole.

    GDS asked 4 months ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for bringing this issue to our attention. I have requested this be investigated and will keep you updated on the outcome.

    Regards,

    Luke

  • Adding more skateparks to lake macquarie and surrounding suburbs is a great idea ,but in saying that some of the already built skateparks could do with a touch up and/or extensions added. The Bolton Point skatepark for example has plenty of unused flat land surrounding the skatepark that is just going to waste. I believe that with extensions made it would not only save the council large amounts of money but it would also make the children want to go there more often and would give them a reason to keep off the streets and exercise. Would an extension be possible in the future ?

    Hudson asked 6 months ago

    Hi Hudson,

    Sorry for the delay, and thanks for your patience over the Christmas period. As you may know, Council long-term planning is undertaken based on growth in groups of suburbs, and Bolton Point is included in the Toronto Development Contributions Plan. The plan currently identifies for a skate park in this catchment to be upgraded. Given that Rathmines skate park was the first skate park to be constructed in the City, at this stage it is the skate park identified in the plan for an upgrade in the coming years.

    Thanks again for your feedback on ensuring Council's facilities continue to meet the needs of the community.

    Regards, Shape Lake Mac team

  • Why Windale? Wasn't there a park there years ago? No one used to use it. Just got trashed from broken bottles and burnt out wiz bins. Charlestown park (just built) is neighbouring suburb too. What's up with Warners Bay?

    Screen Name asked 7 months ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the question. The skate park for Windale will replace the existing facility next to the PCYC. Council has planned to provide an upgraded skate facility for the Windale community and this facility will be different in skate style and layout to the ChIP Bowl at Charlestown.

    There are no plans for a skate park at Warners Bay.

    Regards,

    Luke

  • To whom it may concern, This isn't a question as such, but an elaboration on what I've already submitted in the survey. Sorry if this is a little long, but I hope this is taken into consideration. The absolute best thing you could do, at least for Morisset, is build a street plaza with a healthy mix of transition. I see skateparks like Bar Beach and Bateau Bay, where they've spent far too much money on those oversized bowls, and think of it as wasted potential. Yeah, sure, they might break a few records in terms of their sheer size, attract a few tourists, and make the older (40 years+) skaters happy. But they completely neglect the needs of the children and teenagers to whom the purpose of the skatepark in general is mainly directed at. These kids are street skaters. They want skateparks that cater to street skating, not 12+ ft bowls that only an x-games professional could make the most out of. I skate Bateau Bay regularly and, based off my conversations with the locals, most skateboarders are not fans of the giant bowl that cost, from my recollection, over 1 million dollars in construction. There's running jokes among the locals about the 'blood bowl' and the types of riders who use it. While outsiders and non-skaters look at the bowl as an incredible feat and the park's prized possession, it is actually, literally, the butt of many jokes among legitimate skaters. This is not to say that bowl skaters/riders should be neglected. I'm an all-round skater myself, so I appreciate both street and transition. Furthermore, of course, the needs of bmx and scooter riders are slightly different as well, leaning more so towards transition than the average skater. However, from my observations, the needs of these riders are met and satisfied far more often than those of legitimate street skaters. It would be a refreshing and much-appreciated change of pace if Morisset's skatepark did not follow this trend. Would you like to see these kids continue to break into schools and private property just to skate a handrail or a bench? Or would you rather they see these elements in their local skatepark instead? Secondly, the park does not have to be filled with artsy or aesthetically pleasing sculptures or figures. It's not that I don't appreciate art, I just don't think they'll be appreciated by riders who would rather have seen the money/construction go towards an additional ledge/rail/etc. than some sort of un-ridable sculpture. This is, again, a problem I see and hear complained about at parks like Bateau Bay. For many riders, the bare essentials is all that is needed. Lastly, I would like to see this park provide not only to all levels of skill, but have obstacles that allow for easier progression. For example, too often, I see skateparks where there is a small rail on the flat ground, and the only other rail in the park is, say, a giant handrail going down a set of 10 stairs. I'm a fan of skating giant handrails, but the only thing I would be able to practice and warm up on beforehand is a tiny, flat ground rail. The better skateparks, I have found, are the ones that cater to all levels and allow for an easier warm up. For example, a park with a flat rail, a 4 stair rail, then a 7 stair rail, etc. As much as I love a good challenge, it's good to have something adequate to warm up on before hurling myself down 10 stairs. Overall, this skatepark, I believe, needs to cater to street skaters more than the average local park. Of course, transition skaters, bmx/scooter/inline riders etc. should be taken into account, and there should definitely be enough transition to fit their criteria of a good park. However, a greater emphasis on street skating is needed; specifically, the bare essentials to cater to all levels and all kinds of street skaters. Waterloo skatepark (Sydney) and LES skatepark (New York City) are great examples of parks that constitute the bare essentials while satisfying the needs/wants of street skaters (not so much for transition skaters, but that is something that could easily be improved on for Morisset skatepark). Despite what the popularity of parks like Bar Beach might tell you, the need among skaters for hefty transition and gigantic, world-record-breaking bowls is extremely minimal, especially in this region. As a Morisset local who has been skating for the better part of their lifetime, I am extremely thankful just for the prospect that Morisset may finally get a skatepark. However, I have been disappointed by skateparks before, and I would love to see the Morisset park done right. Not just for me, but for everyone. Kind regards, Ellery.

    ellery.mckelvie asked 7 months ago

    Hi Ellery,

    Thanks for your additional comments on this project. We will be taking all feedback into consideration when determining the type of skate park for each of the locations.

    Regards,

    Luke