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Shipwreck tribute and skate park create unique facility

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Shipwreck tribute and skate park create unique community facility at Dicky Beach

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Maritime heritage and skate culture have converged in a major upgrade of the beachside park at Dicky Beach.

Sunshine Coast Council invested $1.6 million in the precinct upgrades and the project has proved popular.

“We developed a plan for the area working hand in hand with our community following the partial removal of the historic SS Dicky wreck from the beach in 2015,” Mayor Mark Jamieson said.

The iron-hulled steamer, driven ashore at Caloundra during a cyclone in 1893, was a favourite with visitors but its jagged hull became dangerous for swimmers and surfers.

“Our community told us the area’s skate culture was important to them as was the story of the SS Dicky and we have installed the propeller from the ship as a feature in the precinct,” he said.

“A new plaque will be installed in the coming weeks.

The propeller from the SS Dicky as a feature in the precinct.

“The precinct looks terrific with open spaces, new and improved community facilities including new public amenities, beach showers, skatepark, connecting pathways and picnic shelters.

“When designing it, council took steps to retain three large trees beside the skate park as they provide great shade in the warmer months. The landscaping included more than 1000 new plants.

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“The new space is a welcome addition to our ‘City of Beaches,’ and better connects the park with local businesses across the street, the Dicky Beach Holiday Park, beach and surf lifesaving club house,” Mayor Jamieson said.

Division 2 Councillor Terry Landsberg said the community-designed skate park boasted innovative and high-quality ramps, rails, grind ledges, quarter pipes and stairs.

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Chiggy’s Skateboarding coach Mat Chigwidden, tests out the new Dicky Beach Skate Park.

“There’s been no shortage of kick-flips, airs, rail hugging and grinds since the new precision-built skate park was completed ahead of schedule last month,” Cr Landsberg said.

“It’s fantastic to see the young talent trying out new tricks and turns on the concrete playscape while parents and spectators enjoy the action from a shaded seating area.

“This is one of many council projects driving the recovery of the local economy, by using and supporting Sunshine Coast contractors – and what a great job they’ve done in delivering this facility.

“We will also be keeping the community informed about future staged work for the precinct.”

To find your nearest skate park location, visit council’s Beaches and parks directory.

Check out the SS Dicky Time and Tide video for the full story.

Jack Meek, 13, receives a cutting of the official opening ribbon at Dicky Beach Precinct, stage one.

Upgrades

  • public amenity building
  • skate park
  • picnic shelter
  • pathways
  • two new beach showers
  • park lighting and electrical infrastructure
  • improved accessible parking space
  • furniture such as seating, drinking fountain, bike parking, bins
  • 1000+ new plants
  • reinstatement of the SS Dicky propeller feature.

 

 

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