Get­ting the skates on

Joondalup Weekender - - Look Local -

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.

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