Beenleigh Park upgrade
Doug Larsen Park in Beenleigh, Australia, will undergo a $3.1 million rebuild which will allow the BMX and skate park the host national level events, in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The upgrade of the BMX and skate park comes after community consultation by Council which found there was unanimous support from local BMX, skateboard and scooter enthusiasts to upgrade the facility which has been an iconic gathering point for riders and skaters.
The upgrade of the BMX and skate park comes after community consultation by the Council found there was unanimous support from local BMX, skateboard and scooter riders.
The design of the new course was finalised after the Council hosted a workshop, attended by local riders, Logan Martin and representatives from Cycling Australia and Colony BMX.
The plan includes an international-standard steel ramp with a sound-dampening layer. A new concrete riding surface will be laid and coated with a special waterproof epoxy sealant that covers slab joints and makes for smoother riding. Earthworks will also be done to level the skate park to provide a smoother surface. The existing half pipe at the park, which is part of the facility’s heritage, will be retained and refurbished.
“Doug Larsen Park is already used for BMX competition and training and is extremely popular among recreational riders, skateboarders and scooter enthusiasts. The new ramp and sealed course will take the park to the next level and hopefully help produce a future Olympic BMX gold medallist for Australia while also providing many hours of enjoyment for others who just ride and skate for fun and fitness.” - City Parks, Animals, Environment and Waste Committee Chairperson, Councillor Jennie Breene.
The Doug Larsen Park rebuild is scheduled to start in a few months. Works are expected to be completed in late 2019.