LOCAL skaters have added incentive to keep parks free of rubbish and vandalism with the City of Cockburn offering a “huge skate event” to the area’s cleanest purpose-built facility.
The skate2clean initiative was established in Queensland and rewards skate park users who keep their parks spotless.
Skate parks in Atwell, Spearwood and Coolbellup are in the running, with judging to take place between now and March.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the cleanest skate park had the opportunity to host a free community event featuring skate demonstrations, giveaways, prizes and music in April.
“Skate parks are a wonderful asset to the community,” he said. “They get kids off the couch and out learning, exercising and improving their gross motorskills.
“The program not only aims to combat rubbish and waste in our skate parks, but makes local kids aware how rubbish and vandalism can prevent families from feeling comfortable to use these great facilities.”
Skateboarding WA director Ben Bowring said it was a great initiative to get kids to pick up after themselves but added he did not want people to think skate parks were messy places.
“I go to parks all over the place and they’re pretty good,” he said.
“The problems seem to come from people who are not at parks to skate, or younger people not part of the skating culture.”
Using the hashtags #AtwellSkate2Clean, #CoobieSkate2Clean and #SpearwoodSkate-2Clean, park users can post pictures and videos of their skate park on social media.
The Instagram post with the most likes will win a $200 skate voucher.
All three purpose-built skate parks will receive a participation plaque with a finalist plaque presented to the winner.