THE first steps of a childhood dream for four mates – to have a skate park in their suburb – became a reality yesterday with a sod-turning ceremony at the Bibra Lake site.
The $1.8m skate park was the idea of Cameron Giles (13), Hunter Moore (14), Jai Grant (14) and Cody Clegget (14), who five years ago started a petition and gathered 400 signatures to update a facility they believed needed upgrading.
Their cause was adopted by the Bibra Lake Residents Association (BLRA) which added hundreds more signatures to the petition, and lobbied the City to build a new facility this financial year, rather than in 2020 as recommended in the Bibra Lake Management Plan.
With works on the site due to start next month, the Bibra Lake Skate Park and Recreation Precinct will be funded by the Council ($894,280), developers ($780,720) and a State Government Local Projects Local Jobs program grant ($400,000).
The 1200sq m facility will feature a street plaza, skate ramps, a half pipe and scooter track and include public toilets, a 24-bay car park, shelters, barbecue amenities, a basketball half court and a playground for young children.
City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said skate parks were popular throughout Australia and were important meeting places for children of all ages to spend active time outdoors or just to hang out with friends and family.
Willagee MLA Mr Tinley said it was fantastic to see a project driven by the community become a reality, especially with primary school students as the instigators of change.
“What these kids have done and the work they put in to get to this stage is truly impressive,” Mr Tinley said.
“The Bibra Lake Skate Park upgrade project is a great initiative and will make a big difference to the community.”