City gets skates on
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.
Bayswater Skate Park at Wotton Reserve in Embleton.