The ribbon has been cut today on the mega-upgrade of a Gold Coast skate park.
The Pizzey Park Skate Park in Miami has been boosted with a $5.6 million dollar makeover.
With the new park designed following Olympic standards, Mayor Tom Tate is ambitiously trying to lure the skateboarding event for the 2032 Olympics to the Gold Coast.
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“This Olympic venue is now completed and ready for Brisbane 2032,” he says.
“That’s one thing about the Gold Coast. We’re way ahead of the game.”
The skating community will now have plenty of space to roll, with a 3,000 square meter extension equalling the size of seven basketball courts.
The park can house up to 10,000 spectators, with Mayor Tate saying it’s now in Brisbane’s hands whether they want to jump on board.
“In the interim, we’ll be looking at doing world-class championships right here in this park.”
The upgrade includes added skating features like banks, rails, ledges, stairs, hubbas, blocks and kickers.
The money has also been spent on improving shaded seating areas, new lighting for the skate park and car park, an increase in parking capacity, and a bus drop off area.
“Most importantly is that the $5.6 million of this project will create 5.6 million smiles on local kids,” Mayor Tate says.
“This is the best that you can get. The best in Australia world-class.”
A free community event will be held at the skate park on Saturday 30 April with skate bowl DJs, skateboarding demos, coaching clinics, BMX demos, live music, and food trucks.