Getting the skates on
A SKATE park in Banksia Grove will be completed later this year, with earthworks now complete on the $500,000 facility at the corner of Grandis Boulevard and Pinjar Road.
Funded by the City of Wanneroo and the Banksia Grove Developers with the help of a Lotterywest grant, earthworks were completed late February, with the park expected to be finished in July.
The Banksia Grove Skate Park, endorsed by the council in April last year, was designed in consultation with the local community through workshops and feedback from Joseph Banks Secondary College students.
Close to public transport, schools and shops, the park was designed for people of all ages and abilities, and will provide skateboard, scooter and passive viewing areas.
Banksia Grove Residents Association (BGRA) chairperson Michael Richards said the project had been in the works for longer than the six years he had lived there.
“In terms of what it will mean to the children and the community as a whole, I would expect that the skate park along with Grandis Park (with the playing fields), the new clubrooms and Joseph Banks Secondary College will become a focal point for the whole community.
“The area bounded by Grandis Boulevard, Joseph Banks Boulevard, Splendens Avenue and Pinjar Road is becoming a youth and sporting precinct that the community can be proud of.”
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said construction would take about two months to complete, with a further month for soft and hard landscaping.
“The skate park is expected to cost $506,000,” she said. “Of this, $200,000 will be funded by LotteryWest and the remaining $306,000 will be split evenly between the City of Wanneroo and Banksia Grove Development.
“The remaining soft and hard landscaping items are being fully funded by the developer.”
An artist impression of the skate park.