October 6, 2022
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Beenleigh BMX at night is a bright idea

By on August 19, 2022 0
Division 12 Councilor Karen Murphy inspects the lighting upgrade at Doug Larsen Park in Beenleigh.

Half-pipe fun under the stars is now possible thanks to the new floodlights installed at Doug Larsen Park in Beenleigh.

Lights atop 18 poles will be turned on for the first time tonight (Friday, Aug. 19) as part of the next stage of Logan City Council’s multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the popular BMX freestyle and skate park.

The facility will be fully lit until 10 p.m. each evening before the lights are automatically dimmed to a level that will allow better monitoring from a 24-hour security camera in the park.

The lighting upgrade was funded by Division 12 Councilman Karen Murphy’s local infrastructure program, as well as last year’s budget and support from the Parks Asset Renewal Program .

It follows the $3.1 million redevelopment of half-pipes and ramps, which opened in January 2020, as well as recent new signage and landscaping across the park.

City Lifestyle Chair Councilor Laurie Koranski said the new lights will further boost Doug Larsen Park’s popularity within the BMX and skateboarding communities.

“Enthusiasts travel from all parts of South East Queensland to join the locals in riding and skating at this facility and now they can stay a little longer and enjoy it even more,” said Cr Koranski.

Cr Murphy said the lighting upgrade would bring many benefits to the local community.

“I am delighted that we now have a facility that allows recreational cyclists and skaters to have fun in a brighter and safer environment,” said Cr Murphy.

“We also hope that the venue will be chosen to host high-level competitions which will be fun to watch and also benefit the local economy.”

Youth support worker and avid skateboarder Tristian Strange, from Beenleigh, said the local BMX, skateboard and scooter community counted the days until the lights came on.

“That means the sun no longer sets on our skatepark,” he said.

“These lights allow our community not only to have more time to enjoy the park, but also to practice skills and build friendships in a safe, well-lit environment.”

BMX freestyle made its Olympic debut in Tokyo last year with Crestmead-bred Logan Martin winning the men’s gold medal.

Logan, along with representatives from Cycling Australia and the local BMX community, took part in a Council-organized workshop which formulated the design and heights of the halfpipes and freestyle ramps at Doug Larsen Park in Logan Street in Beenleigh.

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