What the new skate park would do for Hervey Bay youths
PROFESSIONAL scooter rider Ethan Dower has longed for a new park to hone his skills in.
The Hervey Bay youth is one of many kids in the area who have backed plans for a new skate park down on the Pialba foreshore, saying the region's kids need a new place to ride.
Approved by the council on June 27, the new park will be built near the Adventure Playground on the Esplanade.
Part of the project involves revamping the existing stage lights and toilets at Seafront Oval and installing an LED screen for outdoor movie nights.
The existing Torquay Rd skate park will be demolished upon completion.
It's a welcome move for Ethan, who says the existing Pialba skate bowl and the Torquay Rd park are unsuitable for practice.
"The ramps up at the Torquay park are very small, so I'm limited to what I can do on them," Ethan said.
"This new one will open up the potential for more tricks."
Ethan also said the park's location on the Esplanade would prevent any anti-social activities like violence and drug use, which he said were rampant at the Torquay park due to it's "tucked away" location.
"My friends and I have seen drinking, fights, drug use in that park, and because it's in the middle of town people can't really see it," he said.
"Being on the Esplanade, everyone can drive by and see the park, so it will be limited."
His friend Mikey Lamendola, another rider, said it would be better to have a new park close to the Esplanade.
"I don't really like the Torquay Rd park, it's old and there are problems with drug use every day," he said.
Several residents have voiced concerns about the park's construction, which they claim will lead to a rise in anti-social behaviour on the Esplanade.