Mount Compass' $1 million plus recreation park is ready for action, with dozens flocking to make use of the new state-of-the-art skate park over the last two weeks.
The park will not be officially opened until October 13, however a large portion of the space, including the skate park and play equipment are open for use and are already garnering rave reviews.
Due to unfavourable weather conditions, the opening of the BMX track has been delayed and it will remain fenced off for at least another week.
The park which was jointly funded by Alexandrina Council and the state government, cost $1.15m and was successfully completed on budget.
A $300,000 contribution from the state government was made possible through the assistance of Member for Finniss David Basham.
Alexandrina Mayor Keith Parkes said he was thrilled with the park that will provide a valuable, multi-use public space for the benefit of current and future generations.
"I am enormously proud to see the Mount Compass Recreation Park completed. I was really impressed with the speed the skate park went from design to 'first ride' and that we were able to incorporate so many elements that our community asked for including the BMX track and meandering connecting pathways," he said.
"The project is a great example of council investing in community infrastructure. The park fits the Mount Compass location really well and offers families a space to enjoy the great outdoors."
It is hoped the park will become a community hot spot for locals as well as a stop-off location for commuters travelling from Adelaide to the Fleurieu Peninsula and beyond.
Above the impressive skate park, sits a sheltered viewing area and picnic table, providing an unparalleled view of the spills, thrills and action of skateboarders and BMX riders of all ages.
The park also includes a creek for nature play, and a play area with basket swing, large slide, and sandpit.
Other convenient additions include a bike station for minor repairs and a filtered water fountain.
Contractor LCS Landscapes, who designed the park and have previously worked on a number of other council projects, designed the park with functionality in mind, and the BMX pump track aims to cater to beginners and intermediate riders, with the addition of multiple lines for all skill levels to enjoy
The track also includes a snake run feature from a higher access point connected to the BMX area, and highly regarded track designers The Trail Collective will ensure the finished track surface is to the highest standard to cater for the growing popularity of the sport in South Australia.
Celebrations and an official opening will take place at the Mount Compass Recreation Park on Sunday 13 October with exciting announcements on what's happening at the event to be publicised in the coming weeks.