Some skate park funding still required

Construction of the Splendid Park skate park is scheduled to start in December. Graphic: City of Wanneroo

A PROPOSAL to build a skate park in Yanchep will be back before the City of Wanneroo council on Tuesday, July 2.

A report presented at a briefing session on Tuesday, June 25 said the estimated cost of the skate park to be built at Splendid Park was $679,500 with the city still to apply for $250,000 of that funding.

To date the report said the city had spent $3876 on a geo tech survey and $16,600 on design for the skate park, which will be built on the perimeter of Splendid Park closest to the proposed Marmion Ave extension.

The cost of CCTV for the project has been estimated at an extra $35,000 and the officer’s report said the city was preparing a grant application for the funding, which needed to be submitted by the end of August.

North Coast ward councillor Linda Aitken said she was concerned the CCTV was to be added at a later stage.

Public comment on the skate park closed on June 7.

It included a consultation letter, including a location plan sent to 572 properties that surround the park as well as an on-site community consultation meeting with elected members and city officers on May 23 to allow community members to review the proposed concept and raise any questions or concerns.

The city received 47 responses during the consultation period with a one of those in favour saying it was a well-rounded concept with plenty of options for beginners and experts.

Another respondent said they loved that the concept looked to have easier design features for the younger-beginner skaters to learn on.

“Being based at the open space is a huge plus as well as it encourages the whole family to be together  and to use the park for multitude purposes in one visit,’’ they said.

“I also think placement of security cameras is a huge plus and should be done at all new CoW park facilities to keep people from ruining the facilities for other families.’’

Some of the comments about design changes included “needs to be suitable for all ages, seating and shading, more complex obstacles, addition of CCTV for security and additional rubbish bins”.

Those against the proposal said it was too small and not complex enough to keep children interested, would promote anti-social behaviour of teens, should be located somewhere safer (not near a main road), it would lead to an increase in noise and that it needed more challenging obstacles.

The report said the transfer of Splendid Park from Yanchep Beach Joint Venture to the City of Wanneroo was scheduled to happen in September.