Skate park dream now a re­al­ity

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

The first steps of a child­hood dream for four mates – to have a skate park in their sub­urb – be­came a re­al­ity this month with a sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony at the Bi­bra Lake site.

The $1.8m skate park was the idea of Cameron Giles (13), Hunter Moore (14), Jai Grant (14) and Cody Clegget (14), who five years ago started a pe­ti­tion and gath­ered 400 sig­na­tures to up­date a fa­cil­ity they be­lieved needed up­grad­ing.

Their cause was adopted by the Bi­bra Lake Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (BLRA), which added hun­dreds more sig­na­tures to the pe­ti­tion and lob­bied the City to build a new fa­cil­ity this fi­nan­cial year, rather than in 2020 as rec­om­mended in the Bi­bra Lake man­age­ment plan.

With works on the site due to start next month, the Bi­bra Lake Skate Park and Recre­ation Precinct will be funded by the coun­cil ($894,280), de­vel­op­ers ($780,720) and a State Gov­ern­ment lo­cal projects lo­cal jobs pro­gram grant ($400,000).

The 1200sq m fa­cil­ity will fea­ture a street plaza, skate ramps, a half-pipe and scooter track and in­clude pub­lic toi­lets, a 24-bay car park, shel­ters, bar­be­cue ameni­ties, a bas­ket­ball half-court and a play­ground for young chil­dren.

City of Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said skate parks were pop­u­lar through­out Aus­tralia and were im­por­tant meet­ing places for chil­dren of all ages to spend ac­tive time out­doors or just to hang out with friends and fam­ily.

Wil­lagee MLA Mr Tin­ley said it was fan­tas­tic to see a project driven by the com­mu­nity be­come a re­al­ity, es­pe­cially with pri­mary school stu­dents as the in­sti­ga­tors of change.

“What these kids have done and the work they put in to get to this stage is truly im­pres­sive,” Mr Tin­ley said.

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