Pe­ti­tion to up­grade skate park

Kalamunda Reporter - - Wafl -

A PE­TI­TION from local youths to con­struct a new and im­proved skate park at Stirk Park has re­ceived more than 150 sig­na­tures, prompt­ing the pro­posal to be put to the com­mu­nity for com­ment.

The pe­ti­tion said the area’s ex­ist­ing skate park in Kala­munda Skate Park was not fit for pur­pose, given its lo­ca­tion, poor con­di­tion and lack of fa­cil­i­ties.

“The cur­rent skate park is lo­cated be­side a busy road and is con­sid­ered to present a dan­ger to both skaters and fam­i­lies at­tend­ing the park,” the pe­ti­tion said.

“It’s also a run-down, sin­gle-pur­pose fa­cil­ity, which does not lend it­self to at­tract­ing new users,” it said.

The youths have called for the park to be re­lo­cated to Stirk Park to cre­ate an in­clu­sive, ac­tive and safe space for people to come to­gether.

“Stirk Park is more cen­tral and will at­tract the at­ten­tion of more ca­sual traf­fic through the park,” the pe­ti­tion said.

“This lo­ca­tion also im­por­tantly gives ac­cess to toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, more seat­ing ar­range­ments as well as the ex­ten­sive grass area for non-skat­ing fam­ily mem­bers to play and re­lax in close prox­im­ity.”

Mayor John Giar­dina con­grat­u­lated local teens Fabian Evans and Finn Caf­frey for tak­ing the time to ad­dress the coun­cil ear­lier this year with their pe­ti­tion and for bring­ing for­ward the view of local youth.

“We are com­mit­ted to Stirk Park be­ing a green open space where all gen­er­a­tions of the com­mu­nity can gather to re­lax, play and meet up, and en­joy its sur­rounds and tran­quil set­ting,” he said.

To have your say on Kala­munda Skate Park and whether it should be re­lo­cated, visit en­gage.kala­munda.wa. Com­ments close Wed­nes­day, April 25.

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