Lights stay off at popular skate park

When the council approved the skate park, opening in Ocean Reef in December last year, it requested a report into the possibility of how to light it at night.

The underground infrastructure to allow for lighting was installed when the park was built.

At a recent council briefing session, planning director Dale Page said the park had proved popular and was often ‘teeming’.

‘One effect of this is that older, more experienced users have to be very mindful of the younger users,’ she said.

Ms Page said installing lighting and allowing the park to remain open until 9pm could spread usage of the park.

Some nearby residents, particularly three households who complained to the City 96 times since the park’s opening, disagreed.

Two petitions totalling 89 signatures calling on the council to reject the lighting proposal were lodged at the meeting.

The petitions also called for the City to take measures to prevent illegal verge parking near the skate park.

Mullaloo resident Marie McDonald told the meeting installing lighting would increase anti-social behaviour at the park.

She also told the meeting older users would park their cars on the verge and shine their headlights on the park to use it at night.

Council requested a report be prepared looking at ways to deter the use of headlights to illuminate the park.

A report will also be prepared examining the possibility of installing bollards to prevent illegal verge parking.