Ray of light for skaters

Mirror Park skate park has proved extremely popular with families and young people.
Mirror Park skate park has proved extremely popular with families and young people.

When the council approved building the park, which opened in December, it requested a report be prepared six months after the opening into the possibility of lighting for the skate park.

Planning and community development director Dale Page told a council briefing session on Tuesday night that the skate park had been popular.

‘It has proven to be a very popular destination for families and young people,’ she said.

‘The park is very well used at all times of the day , there are times (when) the park is teeming.

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

Ms Page said installing lighting would allow older skaters to use the park after 7pm when the younger users had gone home.

‘Another impact of the high usage of the skate park has been the pressure on parking,’ she said.

‘Some users also shine their (car) lights into the skate park in the evenings, so they can use the park when it is dark.

‘The introduction of lighting to increase the available hours of the facility could potentially spread the usage of the park and ease parking issues.’

Underground infrastructure for the lighting was installed when the park was built and the lighting would cost an estimated $27,821.

City officers recommended the council approve the lighting and extend the opening hours until 9pm each night, when it meets next Tuesday.