Good turn out for skate park community consultation

Skate Park community consultations
Local teenager Cody Lentas attended both skate park community consultations and he said it was a great idea to get Bundaberg's youth involved in the planning stages.

Bundaberg community members can have their say on the upgrade of Walla Street Skate Park, with two consultation sessions held so far.

On Friday night a workshop to brainstorm design ideas with consultants was held with about 20 interested residents attending before a second community consultation took place at the skate park on Saturday morning.

Teenager Cody Lentas attended both consultations and said it was nice to be involved with the planning of Walla Street Skate Park.

Taking up scooter riding 10 months ago, Cody often visits the skate park with his parents and said it would be ideal to have shade with seating for parents.

“Personally, some of what’s here at the moment can be a little sketchy and harder for little kids as some of the ramps may be a little too steep for them,” Cody said.

“I am hoping with the changes it will bring more people down here.

“And I would want a half pipe as we don’t have one at the moment.”

The 16-year-old said the consultations were a great opportunity for youth to have their say and encouraged others to take part in the online survey.

“One of the benefits to upgrading this park will be to attract more people and give us the chance to have more competitions instead of leaving Bundaberg as we have to at the moment,” Cody said.

“I hope the new design has a nice flow to it which will make it easier to have comps.”

Diverse group attends skate park consultation

Council Parks Coordinator Brett Kronk said the diverse group of attendees ranged from about 15 years old through to people in their 50s.

The aim of the two community meetings was to gain as much input and feedback about the future of the Walla Street Skate Park.

Participants were able to work on sketching designs and chat about their needs in upgrading the Central Park.

Brett said they had received a lot of feedback from the community to make the park more usable in the future.

He said it wasn’t just individual skaters that shared their ideas, with parents putting forward suggestions of shade and making it more usable and family friendly.

“We had a great mix of people come along from skateboard riders, BMX riders, scooter and rollerblade riders, and even freestyle roller skaters,” Brett said.

During the community consultation a survey was handed out and keenly filled in by users of the park.

The survey will be available online from Monday on Council’s website.

  • Earlier report: Walla Street skate bowl upgrade planned