THE Lancelin skate and BMX park upgrade is benefiting about 100 young people who use the park weekly and more than double that number of tourists who visit during peak season.
Gingin Shire President Sam Collard said the upgraded Lancelin skate and BMX park provided a place where young people could have fun, make new friends and keep active.
“Our thanks must also go to the young people in the shire who participated in our youth survey and art competition – they told us a skate and BMX park was important to them,’’ he said.
“By investing in projects like this one we are helping our youth to feel included, vibrant and healthy.”
Cr Collard said it was originally hoped the skate and BMX park upgrade would have been finished in December in time for the Lancelin Ocean Classic in January but the contractor had not been able to have it completed until a couple of weeks ago with the finishing touches carried out more recently.
Regional Development, Territories and Local Government Minister John McVeigh said free state-of-the-art skate parks provided a safe environment for young people to enjoy sport and was a great way for them to get outdoors and be active.
“The coalition government recognises the importance of delivering high-quality infrastructure projects in regional areas as part of its commitment to strengthen rural and regional Australia,’’ he said.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the Lancelin community had been very passionate about the skate and BMX park.
“Lancelin is one of the peak tourism hot spots along the Perth coastline and the upgrades to the skate and BMX park will benefit not only the local youth but the many holiday makers and visitors that come to town,” he said.
The project was jointly funded with the coalition government contributing $126,000 and the Shire of Gingin $4700.