Yanchep: City of Wanneroo yet to find a suitable site for $450,000 skate park

The former Yanchep surf club was one of the sites considered and deemed unsuitable for a skate park.
The former Yanchep surf club was one of the sites considered and deemed unsuitable for a skate park.

A LOCATION for a skate park in Yanchep is still undecided, after the City of Wanneroo considered 14 sites and deemed none were suitable.

The City of Wanneroo has been investigating options for a skate park, which is expected to be about 1000sq m in size – similar to the Wanneroo facility and another planned in Banksia Grove.

Last November, Butler MLA John Quigley announced the State Government would give the City $450,000 for the facility, more than the $300,000 he promised during the 2017 State Election.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City had considered several factors in a recent site analysis, including location, size, passive surveillance, existing purpose of the site, current use, parking and vehicle and pedestrian access.

Brothers Benn (17) and Jaime (13) Marshall at the Eglinton skate park, which opened in June. Picture: Martin Kennealey

“A total of 14 sites were considered within the initial analysis, with five identified for more detailed analysis,” she said.

“Five sites were considered as part of the analysis: Wilkie Park, St Andrews Park, Yanchep (Secondary College), Lot 505 Lagoon Drive and the former Yanchep surf club site.

“However, none of these sites were considered to be suitable locations for the long-term as they all had significant limitations.”

Mrs Roberts said the City consulted local young people through the YSpeak survey and would continue to work with stakeholders to identify a site and develop the project.

“Specific skate park features will be determined once an appropriate site has been decided,” she said.

“Further consultation will occur and feedback will be welcomed from the community when we approach the design phase.”

Yanchep resident Anne Purdy asked for an update about the project at last month’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting, when members suggested several potential sites but Mrs Roberts said the City had already investigated many of those.

Developer Stockland opened a skate park in Eglinton’s Amberton estate this month, and the City has other skate parks in Two Rocks, Butler and Clarkson.