Bendigo council earmarks Epsom Village Green as site for new skate park

The City of Greater Bendigo will build a new skate park in Epsom following a petition instigated by now-13-year-old Aidan Baldwin in 2016.

The city has identified the Epsom Village Green on Kiln Street as the preferred location for the new space but is inviting public feedback on the proposal.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Baldwin, who began the petition for council to create a facility closer to home as his mum had to drive him to the Eaglehawk skate park each week, said he was very happy with the decision.

Mr Baldwin, from Epsom, and his 30-odd friends would use the park regularly once constructed, he said. 

Bendigo council’s active and healthy lifestyles manager Lincoln Fitzgerald said the park was an important project for Epsom that many in the community have requested and the listening post was a good opportunity to have input into the project.

“The Epsom Village Green site is preferred because it is in a highly visible area, is close to main roads and public transport and other amenities like walking and cycling paths, shops, car parking and recreation spaces.”

Speaking to the Bendigo Advertiser in 2016, Mr Fitzgerald was reluctant to commit the council to funding the park.

He said the number one priority was a redesign of the McIvor Road skate park into a “district-scale” facility as well as a number of growth areas like Strathfieldsaye and Maiden Gully.

“It’s going to be a number of years,” he said at the time. “In the meantime we’ll talk to the petitioners about what they can do to help us with local fundraising and also input into what type of skate park they want and what it might look like.”

Residents are invited to provide feedback at listening post on at 5.30pm, February 15 at Epsom Village Shopping Centre.

Residents can also comment on the project by phoning 5434 6000, emailing activecommunities@bendigo.vic.gov.au or in writing to active and healthy lifestyles, City of Greater Bendigo, PO Box 733, Bendigo 3552. 

Comments must be submitted by close of business, February 16.