New skate park a step closer

Skateboarding WA state manager Ben Bowring reckons a quality skate park is just what the area needs.
Skateboarding WA state manager Ben Bowring reckons a quality skate park is just what the area needs.

City representatives also moved to allocate $20,000 from the community facilities reserve fund for the detailed design and costing of the park, which will revitalise the existing park on Rockingham Road, Spearwood.

The City estimates the 1000sqm facility, parking for 12 cars and a drinking fountain would cost about $250,000.

Following a positive public consultation period, the City was confident the revitalised park would be a great addition to the area.

Three residents living 60 metres from the proposed development wrote to the City supporting the park. No objections were received.

A survey of 380 people and used to determine the community’s view had 77.1 per cent of respondents in support of the facility.

Against it were 29 people (7.6 per cent), while 15.3 per cent were neither supportive or against the upgrade.

Skateboarding WA state manager Ben Bowring said a quality skate park was just what the area needed.

‘The current skate park is outdated and not very suitable for beginners or experts, so this means no one can really enjoy that area,’ he said.

‘A quality skate park would fill that park daily. Families will be picnicking while young kids, youths and adults all use the skate park together.’

A Facebook page in support of the park has attracted more than 200 ‘likes’. Followers of the ‘Spearwood Needs a New Skatepark’ have contributed ideas on how the park could be designed.