City gets skates on

Eastern Reporter - - News -

The City of Bayswa­ter will re­in­state a skate park ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of coun­cil­lors, staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

A SKATE park ad­vi­sory group will be re­in­stated by Bayswa­ter City Coun­cil in a bid to re­tain and build more skate parks.

The com­mit­tee, started in the early 2000s, later folded.

Coun­cil­lors last month sup­ported Cr Stephanie Gray’s re­quest to chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Brien, ask­ing for a skate park com­mit­tee to in­clude coun­cil­lors, of­fi­cers and youth.

The City’s two skate parks are at Wot­ton and Crimea re­serves.

A small BMX track was built seven years ago at Light­ning Park in No­randa.

In June, the coun­cil de­cided to in­ves­ti­gate the fea­si­bil­ity of a pos­si­ble BMX cy­cle track at Hinds Re­serve in Bayswa­ter.

Cr Gray said the City was de­vel­op­ing a pub­lic open space and play space strat­egy, which would in­clude skate parks, and it was the “op­por­tune” time to re­in­state the com­mit­tee.

“As a par­ent of a teenager, I am aware of how well pa­tro­n­ised and how well-ap­pre­ci­ated these fa­cil­i­ties are for skat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and keep­ing out of mis­chief but they (fa­cil­i­ties) are age­ing,” she said.

“As with all sports, skate­board­ing is evolv­ing and the need for fa­cil­i­ties to present new chal­lenges to en­gage the par­tic­i­pants is cru­cial.

“We don’t want to have teenagers trav­el­ling too far to be in­volved in so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

“If we can pro­vide a voice in the de­vel­op­ment and up­keep of skate fa­cil­i­ties, the users will have a sense of own­er­ship and in­volve­ment that will cre­ate ben­e­fits not only for those di­rectly in­volved but the com­mu­nity as a whole.”

The pro­vi­sion of ex­ist­ing and pos­si­ble fu­ture skate and BMX fa­cil­i­ties will also be con­sid­ered as part of a broader com­mu­nity recre­ation plan.

Pic­ture: Kristie Lim

Bayswa­ter Skate Park at Wot­ton Re­serve in Em­ble­ton.

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