The City of Gold Coast has announced the opening of Pizzey Park Street Style Skate park in Miami, Queensland, Australia.

Prior to its opening, the park underwent a 3,000m² expansion and improvement, equivalent to the size of seven basketball courts.

Gold Coast Mayor Tate said: “Pizzey Park Street Style Skate park has been designed following Olympic standards, which will put us on the international stage in the world of skateboarding and roller sports.

“This upgrade is also an exciting addition to our city’s busiest skate park for the locals who regularly enjoy it on their skateboards, bikes, scooters, or skates.”

Federal Member for Moncrieff Angie Bell joined Tate for official opening of the $5.6m revamped skate park, following 14 months of construction.

A joint initiative between the City of Gold Coast and the Australian government, the project received $900,000 funding through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

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Bell said: “Collaboration between both the local and Australian Governments is vital to the continued development and success of recreational and competitive sport on the Gold Coast.

“We continue to produce world-class athletes and Gold Medallist Olympians in a range of categories, projects like Pizzey Park, funded partly by the Australian Government, will provide infrastructure for the community to enjoy recreational activity in our region or further develop to compete professionally.”

Following the park upgrade, the capacity to host skating competitions has now increased.

It will also include the additional features of banks, rails, ledges, stairs, hubbas, blocks, kickers, huge flats and large bank expansion with skateable signage for advanced riders.

There will be enhanced shaded seating areas, new lighting for the skate park and car park, an enlargement in parking capacity, and a bus drop-off area for events or competitions.

Furthermore, the project involved enhancement of pedestrian pathways in the nearby areas and include integration with the Miami Aquatic Centre.