Floodlights proposal draws criticism

City officers have recommended $40,000 be listed in the 2015-16 capital works program for the installation of lights ($28,000) and new signage ($12,000) and operating hours increase from 7am to 7pm on Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays to close at 9pm every night.

A council document stated the installation of lights and increased operating hours would give more time for older people to use the park once younger ones had left and would spread out the usage of the park, which could ease parking issues.

In June 2013, councillors deferred a report considering the installation of lights at the skate park. At that time, the City received two petitions against the proposal ” one with 20 signatures and one with 18.

At the council briefing last week, local resident Ben Crealy said installing lights would encourage antisocial behaviour at the skate park. He said residents living near the park had to endure noise ‘right through until 1.30 in the morning’.

‘You can’t leave the windows open because all you listen to is the skateboard decks hitting the metal rims as well as the bikes’