New skate park for Hervey Bay
CONSTRUCTION is about to begin on an indoor skate park in Hervey Bay and its creators are predicting it will change the face of youth activities in the region.
The ambitious project is the brainchild of Rock Off skate shop owners Mandy and Dan Maurer, who say the facility will not only cater to skateboarding, scooter and BMX enthusiasts, but will also feature pool tables, video games, a canteen and lounge area and rooms for youth counselling.
The Maurers have leased a 1400sq m warehouse, on the corner of Main St and Boat Harbour Dr, Pialba, which will soon feature wooden ramps, a half pipe, a concrete bowl and crater, foam pit and Resi ramps.
They consulted the local skateboarding fraternity for input on the park's design and are optimistic it will be open for business by the Christmas holidays.
"The location is perfect, the size of it is perfect, the building is perfect," Ms Maurer told the Chronicle yesterday.
"I think it is going to be big for Hervey Bay."
The Maurers recently closed their Rock Off store on the Esplanade at Scarness in order to pool their energies into the skate park. They still have a store at Stockland in Pialba.
Parents and teens from as far away as Victoria have already said they will visit the skate park, and a Gold Coast band has offered free entertainment on opening day.
The council has also thrown its support behind the project, with Division 9 councillor Stuart Taylor commending the Maurers for taking the initiative to address youth boredom.
"It's a great initiative, it's a great location," Cr Taylor said.
"You want to see your main street vibrant and alive and I'm sure Rock Off will be able to produce that. Certainly any support we can offer, we will."