Dubbo Regional Council is spending $77,000 on improvements to the skate park in Victoria Park.
Work is scheduled to begin on Monday with the project expected to be completed within two weeks.
Project manager Ben Pilon said concrete was replacing steel because of corrosion from bore water used to water the site.
He reports that the city’s “skating community” has been heavily involved in the planning of the project.
“As part of the 20-year asset maintenance and replacement plan, Dubbo Regional Council are renewing the current steel elements and replacing them with purpose-designed concrete ramps and new steel railing systems at Victoria Park skate park facility,” Mr Pilon said.
“As part of this project, the local skating community had, in consultation with council, created a set of conceptual plans for the renewal. The plans were then developed into a set of construction plans by a local engineering company who have also been engaged to assist with the compliance of the construction process.”
On Monday a construction site will be established at the skate park and its steel elements removed. “The existing fabricated steel ramp elements have, overtime, been deteriorating as a result of the corrosive nature of the bore irrigation water used for this site.” Mr Pilon said. “In addition the surface of the ramps can become extremely hot, especially during the Dubbo summer.”
“The existing steel elements will be removed and assessed to determine current structural integrity of the ramps. If they are deemed in good condition, planning will start for the re-establishment of these elements within another location in the local government area.”
Mr Pilon predicts a “great outcome for the community”.