The original Cohuna Skatepark (set in an idyllic creek side location) has been going strong for over 20 years. This was assessed and documented through an initial facility assessment, showing structurally the park was still safe although the issue was function. The limited and dated layout provided minimal opportunities for progression and points of difference for the locals. Taking this on board along with extensive community consultation an updated design was collaboratively produced.
The finished park now has two new areas including a common street run coupled with a flow area for the more advanced BMX and scooter riders. The street area has been designed for the inclusion of elements that don’t feature in the existing skatepark i.e. ledges, rails, hipped banks etc… as it winds between the trees. It focuses on lower level elements to encourage less experienced participation whilst offering a different space to challenge advanced users. Although it can operate as a single ‘run’ to allow users to hit each element it also integrates into the existing facility to ensure a proper connection between all three spaces. The low levels also ensures integration and visibility into the entry area, paths and future refuge areas. The flow area of the park has been designed as a connection to the existing park, allowing flow between each whilst also offering function to offer an individual area. This has been achieved by the orientation and type of elements (transitions and banks) that enable users to bounce between them, engaging with each as they flow around. The elements includes banks, transitions, moguls, spine of varying heights that lean towards intermediate to advanced users. This compliments and offers difference to the existing elements of the park along with neighbouring towns i.e. Kerang.
The facility set amongst iconic river red gums also includes several refuge areas with shelter, seating and connection path, integrating with the wider community space. Collectively it offers opportunities for increase usage from both active and passive users along with associated events for both locals and visitors/tourists to the town.