Teens petition City of Kalamunda for new skate park, say old one is dangerous

Two local teens have gathered 150 signatures calling for the Kalamunda Skate Park to be relocated to Stirk Park.
Two local teens have gathered 150 signatures calling for the Kalamunda Skate Park to be relocated to Stirk Park.

KALAMUNDA Skate Park is run-down and dangerous say local teens, who are petitioning the City of Kalamunda to build a new facility at Stirk Park as part of its million-dollar upgrade.

Fabian Evans (15) said the park had a very poor online rating amongst users and only attracted 1000 visits a year.

“Kalamunda Skate Park is a run down single purpose facility located next to a busy road which is dangerous for skaters and families attending the park,” he said.

“The park has so many cracks, honkeynuts, bumps and weeds which is really dangerous and my friend broke his collarbone there.

“There are no toilets and the drink fountain is always being broken.”

Fabian said kids in the area needed activities to keep them busy.

“There’s not much to do up here other than the Kalamunda Water Park,” he said.

“Heaps of mates are out on streets doing unnecessary things and a few have quit riding because the park is so rundown and parents need to drive them to High Wycombe or Kwinana to ride.”

Finn Caffrey (15) said skate parks were encouraged worldwide as a great place to bring young and old together.

“Skate parks are not a new invention,” he said.

“As far back as the 70s skate parks were being built as a good place to allow the community and many councils have actively encouraged them to be the centrepiece of the local public area so kids have a safe place to hang out.

“An upgrade of our park and a change of location would encourage kids from outlying areas of the City and beyond to come into the town centre which will have flow on benefits for the local economy.

“Kids will spend some pocket money and parents may take the opportunity to do some shopping rather than go elsewhere like Belmont Forum which has a great skate park nearby.”

At council on Tuesday, November 28 a master plan paving the way to upgrade facilities at Stirk Park over the next 10 years was approved by the City of Kalamunda.

Relocating the slate park will be considered as part of the project and incorporated for further community consultation on the detailed design for the master plan.

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