The completion of the sprawling, family-friendly park—designed by world-leading skate park designers and builders, CONVIC—at Christie Downs’ Morton Road reserve, is the latest construction milestone for the $3.5 million Sports and Community Hub, due to open later this year.
City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson, who toured the skate park last week, said it was a thrill to see locals young and old putting it through its paces.
“It’s awesome to see our skate park vision become a reality and I’d like to thank the community for its input, patience and support,” she said.
“There are features suitable for all skill levels and riders, including skateboarders, BMXing, scooter, roller skating and all other active wheeled sport disciplines, as well as being a great tree-lined spot for families who’d simply like to come down and enjoy the action.
“The park’s design celebrates Christie Downs and the wider Onkaparinga region, with its unique forms, materials and colours inspired by the colour gradients of Christies Beach rock formations, and the vibrant blues and turquoise at the ocean’s edge and Onkaparinga River.”
“I’d like to thank the state government, the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation (RRSF), and the federal government for partnering with us to deliver this life-changing hub.”
The $3.5 million for the project includes $1.5 million from both the City of Onkaparinga and state government, $400,000 from the federal government towards the tennis courts, and $100,000 from the RRSF.
Roger Rasheed, Founder, Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation, said the skate park’s completion at Morton Road is a major milestone for the project.
“What a fantastic spot for the family to come down to and enjoy before having a kick of the footy or hit of tennis a short walk away,” he said while touring the park last week.
“I’d love to have a go at these skate bowls myself, but they look pretty deep! Work now turns to the multi-use tennis and netball courts, the junior and youth play spaces, seating, shelters, barbecues, basketball half-court, irrigated lawns and public toilets.
“I can’t wait to see this hub becoming a go-to haven for local families and a home for our Foundation’s life-changing sports coaching and mentoring programs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.”
Minister for Planning and Local Government Vickie Chapman said the skate park will be a ‘must go’ destination for keen skaters across Adelaide.
“It’s fantastic to see one aspect of this project up and running, with many more community facilities to come,” she said.
“The Marshall Liberal Government has contributed $1.5 million to the Morton Road Sports and Community Hub—a perfect example of how local and state governments can work together to build what matters.”
Meanwhile, City of Onkaparinga is asking for public’s help to formally name Morton Road Reserve.
Head to council’s Your Say page to suggest a name before Monday 12 April.