WANNEROO councillors have endorsed plans for a skate park in Banksia Grove.
Banksia Grove Development and City of Wanneroo will co-fund the $608,000 facility at the corner of Grandis Boulevard and Pinjar Road.
The former submitted a proposal for the skate park in October last year, with construction proposed to start next February.
Both groups undertook a needs and feasibility assessment, which found that an average of 42 per cent of Banksia Grove, Carramar and Tapping residents were aged 24 and under.
It endorsed the site location as it was close to public transport and Joseph Banks Secondary College, as well as primary schools and shops.
The City’s report said there was strong demand for the facility and that many of the suburb’s recreational spaces catered for young children but as the area matured it would need facilities for children aged 10 and older, which the skate park would cater for.
Funding is capped at $300,000 from the City and it hopes to secure a $200,000 Lotterywest grant, split between the two contributors.
At the March 28 briefing session, Councillor Brett Treby foreshadowed an amendment to the City’s recommendation to support the concept plan and list it for consideration in the 2017-18 capital works budget.
He said he supported the need for a skate park but questioned whether other potential sites were investigated other than that proposed by the developer.
He was told the feasibility study was undertaken and the City had worked closely with the college, and community and place director Debbie Terelinck said they believed it was the “most suitable” location.
The item was discussed at the April 4 meeting, where Cr Treby declared an impartiality interest because of his position on the college’s school board.
Cr Samantha Fenn said she was impressed with the developer’s “willingness to co-fund” the project and hoped to see more of it in the future.
“All parents of kids under 10 cannot wait to see this facility,” she said.
“The need for this facility is very, very clear.”
The location of the park was supported by Cr Frank Cvitan, who described it as “strategically placed” within recreational areas and between the college and primary schools.
Cr Dot Newton also endorsed the location and Cr Dianne Guise congratulated the Banksia Grove Residents Association on its involvement and pushing for the facility.
“It’s a very young community, the skate park has a long lifespan there,” Cr Guise said.
The recommendation was unanimously supported and a subsequent report will be presented to council in June after residents and groups have provided feedback on the design.