Townsville Queensland Solar City project will take a significant step forward next week with the start of the re- development of the Magnetic Island Skate Park.
Solar Cities Community Engagement Manager Julie Heath said the popular Horseshoe Bay facility will be developed into a shade-filled, sustainable, multi-use recreational destination that will generate 100 kilowatts of solar power to go back into the island’s electricity grid.
“When completed the Solar Park will the largest solar array in Queensland. It will provide solar shade for skate park users, a family BBQ and picnic pavilion, a visitors pavilion providing shade for home and away sporting teams around the playing field and a stage pavilion for community presentations,” she said.
Design of the re-developed facility followed an extensive community consultation process.
To facilitate the work the skate park will close from the 7th of March and is expected to re-open in late April.
Ms Heath said the closure is necessary to ensure the safety of all those who use the park and visit the centre while construction takes place, but it wouldn’t be for too long.
“The skate park will be open again for the Easter holidays so skateboarders will be able to make full use of it again in the shade,” she said.
“We need to close the park for about six weeks to ensure public safety while the main structure is erected.
“The whole area will have construction occurring so everyone needs to take care when using the park or visiting the centre.”
The skate park will re-open for use in time for Easter with an official opening of the entire complex to be held mid year.