Draft Skate and BMX Strategy

Submissions closing on 9 August 2020, 05:00 PM

BMX rider at Cessnock Skate Park

The public exhibition period has been extended until 9 August 2020.


We’re updating our Skate and BMX Strategy, including recommendations for existing facilities and future needs.

The draft Strategy takes on board results of previous community consultation, a needs assessment and audit of current facilities that was undertaken in 2019. The draft Strategy identifies 23 priorities, including upgrades to current facilities, priorities for new facilities and future investigations.  Key points in the updated draft Strategy are:

  • The need for supporting infrastructure such as shade, seating, access to water and pathways
  • Providing facilities that cater for beginners and that encourage and enable skills progression
  • A user preference of transition and street styles

A summary of existing and planned skateparks within each planning area is set out below. Please see the FAQs for information on the facility types.


Cessnock

Skate Spot/Node: Bellbird North Development Area and Kitchener Poppethead Park
Local: Bridges Hill Park*, Cessnock
Regional: Mount View Park and Carmichael Park*, Bellbird (BMX track)

Kurri Kurri

Skate Spot/Node: Jeffries Park, Abermain
Local: Cliftleigh Meadows
District: Margaret John Park*, Kurri Kurri

Greta-Branxton

Skate Spot/Node: Huntlee Development Area
Local: Greta Central Park*
District: Miller Park, Branxton

Rural West

Local: Crawfordville Park, Millfield

*existing facility 

Mountain Bike Parks

The focus for this Strategy has been BMX and skate facilities, and whilst mountain bikes do utilise these facilities we’ve identified demand through previous engagement for a stand-alone mountain bike facility in the Cessnock LGA. Further engagement and investigations are required.


More information

The predominant users of our skateparks are scooter and BMX riders, aged 5 to 15 years, followed by skateboarders, roller bladers and children that attend these spaces to ‘hang out’.

Local Skate Spot/Node

Size: 50m2 - 250m2, Catchment: 1km

A local level facility servicing the immediate area. It's a small skateable facility with up to six skate elements. Minimal supporting infrastructure is provided at these sites however includes seating, pathways and access to water if possible.

Local

Size: 50-400m2, Catchment: 3km

A small scale space that caters for users of a local catchment only. These facilities aim to cater for a number of uses e.g. scooter, BMX, skateboard etc. The target for these facilities will be less experienced users with a focus on beginner and intermediate riders. Basic amenities should be provided including seating, bins, access to water and shade.

District

Size: 500 – 700m2, Catchment: 5km

A facility that services the Planning Area in which it's located. It aims to provide opportunities for skill progression from beginner, intermediate and advanced. A district facility should have the ability to host events with toilets nearby preferable. Supporting infrastructure and pedestrian and bicycle connections are critical to the space.

Regional 

Size: Minimum 800m2, Catchment: Citywide

Services the entire local government area. It is a purpose built facility containing ample space and components to provide for a variety of different skilled users.  It's easily accessible by public transport and cars and forms part of a broader youth space, e.g. sporting fields, half/full multipurpose court, performance space etc.

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