YANCHEP’s playing fields could become home to a skate park in 2020, if Wanneroo Council endorses the site next week.
A report expected to be tabled at the November 13 council meeting recommends the City develop the skate park on the western side of Splendid Park, formerly known as Yanchep active open space.
The report said the State Government had promised $450,000 for the project, but the City would need an extra $210,000, which it could source through external grant funds.
It said it could take about 75 weeks to build the park, and the project would require further negotiation with Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV).
At this week’s council briefing session, councillor Linda Aitken raised concerns about the “lack of passive surveillance” suggesting a skate park could be a “gathering place for unsavoury characters”.
The City’s community facilities manager Shane Spinks said the site would ultimately be adjacent to the Marmion Avenue extension and there would be passive surveillance from sport competitions and others using the park.
Cr Aitken asked if the budget could include CCTV cameras, and Mr Spinks said the City would use its mobile CCTV tower initially as well as youth outreach services to deter anti-social behaviour.
He said the police station was “just down the road” and the site it would also be close to the Yanchep city centre when it was developed.
“There will need to be a strategy in place in the interim years to address any issues of anti-social behaviour,” he said.
Asked about the existing playing fields lease with YBJV, Mr Spinks said that lease would remain in place until the City reimbursed the developer for the land.
Acting chief executive Noelene Jennings said the City would buy the land “in a couple of years”.
The report said the skate park would need a 1000sq m site, and some of the other locations considered included Oldham Park, Fisherman’s Hollow and Morwell Park beside Yanchep Secondary College.
The council is also due to consider a concept plan for a skate park and BMX track to replace the existing track at Warradale Park in Landsdale at the November 13 meeting.