City gets skates on

Twins Jemima and Gabe O'Loughlin at the Leederville YMCA Youth HQ skate park. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d407578
Twins Jemima and Gabe O'Loughlin at the Leederville YMCA Youth HQ skate park. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d407578

Regional Operations Group police officer Garry O’Loughlin and wife Jan have been involved with the initiative and said they were happy to see the council vote in favour of the skate park.

‘I think we just need to provide a platform for it to develop,’ Mr O’Loughlin said.

‘I think unless we provide a good, safe healthy environment for it, then it will find its own way to evolve. By putting it in parks and giving the kids everything they need, you’ll see a good community grow out of the skateboard parks.’

He said he was pleased the City had taken an interest in developing the sport and said skateboarding attracted people from different backgrounds and ages.

‘I’m very excited; I think it’s a really positive and exciting time for the city,’ he said.

‘It’s a broad range of ages from very young children going to the skate park with their parents right up to your 35, 40-year-old guys who’ve skated all their lives.

‘I think it encompasses a large group of the community.’

Skateboarding Australia WA state manager Ben Bowering welcomed the enthusiasm of the City of Stirling and State and Federal governments to develop the sport.

Stirling Mayor David Boothman said he was pleased with the communication and co-operation between the City and the skating community.

‘It’s a massive tick for community involvement in a project they are so passionate about,’ Mr Boothman said.

‘It’s also a huge win for the community and for the many youth and their families who will get so much enjoyment from the proposed skate parks and BMX facility in the future.’

The council is still yet to finalise where the proposed park will be built, with Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre a popular option.