Skating on thin ice

Safety call... Ben Thomas (18) with fellow skaters at the High Wycombe Skate Park. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d415266
Safety call... Ben Thomas (18) with fellow skaters at the High Wycombe Skate Park. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d415266

Residents and skate park users have started a petition to convince the Shire to clear up the gravel at the popular park, which they believe could end in someone hurting themselves.

Michelle White said the solution was simple, and the council needed to remove the loose surface materials and install grass or pavement around the perimeter of the park.

‘We have a lot of kids in High Wycombe ” three primary schools and three day-care centres,’ she said. ‘We need and deserve a top-rate facility.’

Local skater Adam Kafareli (24) said he broke his wrist when his skateboard hit a rock and stopped dead at the park and wanted to see the park safer.

Shire of Kalamunda president Sue Bilich said only two injuries had been reported since 2011, but there were plans in place to change the ground covering.

‘The first (was) in 2011 and the second in 2013; the second complaint mentions road base going into the concreted skate park area,’ she said.

‘The matter was investigated and plans are under way to grass the area, which currently has a compacted road base.’

Ms Bilich said the Shire was thrilled with the high usage of the facility and was open to suggestions to further enhance the facility, and to increase enjoyment of all users.

‘All users need to consider their own safety at all times, and the Shire would encourage everyone using the facility to wear safety helmets and other protective gear to prevent serious injury,’ Ms Bilich said.