Skate minds unite


Liam James, Arbie Pattiselanno and Brad Scambler watch skater  Che Millington in action.
Picture: Jon Hewson |www.communitypix.com.au   d451254
Liam James, Arbie Pattiselanno and Brad Scambler watch skater Che Millington in action. Picture: Jon Hewson |www.communitypix.com.au d451254

YOUNG Kwinana residents are enjoying a temporary skate park in Orelia, a location that their ideas helped build.

The park opened earlier in the month, after ideas from the City’s youth were heard at an indoor skate park event at the Zone Youth Space in August.

The park features a range of equipment including a quarter- pipe, spine and grind boxes.

Community development officer Arbie Pattiselanno said it was great to see young people involved with the project.

“It’s great to see young people’s skill level developing and see the community use the facility in a positive and healthy manner,” he said.

“Now that there is a temporary skate park, we’ve already noticed an increase in interest and anticipation of the Kwinana Adventure Playground and Kwinana Outdoor Youth Space (KOYS).

“We are still engaging with the community and reference group about the design needs for the KOYS project and, in fact, we’ve recently met with young people to hear some revised ideas since the initial plans were shown to them in September.”

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the pop-up skate park met key objectives of the City, including youth engagement, active citizenship and acknowledging positive youth contributions.

“We are very pleased with the level of input on this project from the younger residents of Kwinana,” she said. “This is a positive sign of an increase in youth engagement and tells us we must be doing something right.”

The $1.5 million Space was granted $250,000 by the State Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund this month.