Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Parkes pumped for park upgrades


Parkes Shire Council has secured State and Federal Government funding for the development of three local skate and pump tracks.

The Council is set to receive $500,000 from the NSW Government through the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) and $300,000 from the Federal Government through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCIP) Phase 3.

The funding will be used for the development of the Trundle Skate Park, the Parkes Pump Track and to upgrade the Parkes Skate Park.

“The Parkes Skate Park provides local youth with a free facility that helps facilitate friendships across multiple socioeconomic groups and age brackets. It is a huge asset in fostering positive health and wellbeing both physically and mentally,” said Mayor, Ken Keith OAM.

“Now an Olympic-recognised sport, the Parkes Skate Park already hosts regular events and competitions, and this project will further support these events and will allow for use for longer periods, especially in the extreme heat of Parkes, during the summer months,” added Cr Keith.

The Mayor said the Trundle Skate Park had been identified as one of the top priorities for the community of Trundle, through consultation with youth members of the community involved in the design process.

He said the construction of the Parkes Pump Track will add a new element to the Shire’s outdoor spaces, providing an all age and ability course for bikes, scooters and skateboards.

“Facilities like these are hugely popular amongst youth in the community and offer a space for them to learn new skills, build friendships with children outside their school and sporting social circles and keep them active and healthy,” said Councillor, Jacob Cass.

“This is an exciting addition for the Shire, with the next closest pump track almost two hours away in Wyangala and Ungarie.”

Works across these three projects have commenced are expected to be completed in early 2023, weather permitting.

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