Dimboola, Rainbow skate parks funded

VISION: An artist's impression of what a new skate park at Dimboola Recreation Reserve could look like. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
VISION: An artist's impression of what a new skate park at Dimboola Recreation Reserve could look like. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

DIMBOOLA and Rainbow are getting new skate parks after receiving a $200,000 grant from the Victorian government’s 2017-18 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. 

Hindmarsh Shire Council and the Dimboola and Rainbow communities will contribute $227,000 to the new parks. 

Mayor Debra Nelson said it was great to see the skate parks become a reality after an unsuccessful attempt at gaining grants support in 2015.

“The new skate parks will be constructed from concrete and will be designed in such a way that they will encourage and challenge new and experienced skaters alike,” she said.

“Careful consideration and assessments have been undertaken to determine the best possible location of the skate park facilities. As it is preferred for skate parks to be in highly visible locations, the Dimboola skate park will be located within the recreation reserve adjacent to the sports stadium and Riverside Holiday Park while the Rainbow skate park will be located within the grounds of the former Rainbow Primary School.”

Cr Nelson said Hindmarsh Shire Council had received advice from Minister for Sport John Eren that the grants for construction of new skate parks in Dimboola and Rainbow had been approved.

“As the Dimboola Recreation Reserve is considered one of the best in the region, the inclusion of a new modern designed skate park will enhance this reputation and provide another activity for people holidaying at the Riverside Holiday Park or visiting the reserve for other sporting and recreation pursuits,” she said.

“The location will provide easy pedestrian access from Lloyd Street or Wimmera Street and public toilets are located nearby.”

Cr Nelson said the Rainbow skate park would provide an interactive link to the planned community space The Oasis within the former primary school. 

“The designer of the skate park met with interested students at Rainbow College who indicated their preferred location as the former primary school site between the Rainbow College and Federal Street. Council considered and supported this site as the preferred location.”

Cr Nelson said the money would not be available until the 2017-18 financial year and construction finished by mid-2018.