Gosnells youth have designs on skate parks


Sheldon Willan shows Jesse Harrington his moves. Picture: Jon Hewson
Sheldon Willan shows Jesse Harrington his moves. Picture: Jon Hewson

YOUTH in the City of Gosnells are helping design skate parks for their fellow skaters.

The Skate Park Advisory Group is made up of a group of 17 youths aged 12-24 in the City of Gosnells, who help work with local artists to design the artwork.

The group is also involved in organising events and encouraging youths to enjoy skating.

Sheldon Willan has been involved with the group for two years and helps commentate some of the skating events.

The 17-year-old said he really enjoyed hanging around the skateparks and learning new tricks with others.

“Most of the kids that go to the parks hit us up for suggestions or say the park is perfect,” he said.

“It’s good to give back to the community.

“The competitions have got a lot bigger and more and more people are coming to the competitions and that makes it more competitive.”

Southern River College student Jesse Harrington joined the committee after he was asked while skating at a local park.

The 15-year-old said the committee had discussed what happens down at he parks and what programs go ahead.

“We help choose the artwork and prep out all the stuff that happens down at the skate park,” he said.

“We want to draw attention to the skaters and the BMXers.”

The City of Gosnells’ Skate Park Advisory Group was recognised for giving young people a voice in local government.

The Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Report Card Award, presented by the Public Health Advocacy Institute, recognises local governments for supporting and engaging young people (high school-aged to 24 years).

In the category of Young People Making a Difference in Communities, the City’s Skate Park Advisory Group was recognised for empowering young people to get involved and have a voice in local skate park events and programming.