Stirling is like, totally badass

• LOOK MA! NO HELMET: David Boothman with James Duncan and Ben Bowring: Skate parks on the horizon for Stirling. Photo by Jeremy Dixon

• LOOK MA! NO HELMET: David Boothman with James Duncan and Ben Bowring: Skate parks on the horizon for Stirling. Photo by Jeremy Dixon

Stirling is set to go all rad with BMX bikes and skateboards.

The council will investigate building eight skate and BMX facilities across the city, including satellite sites at Dianella and Inglewood.

One-quarter of the city’s population is aged between five and 24, but there is only one skate park, at Carine.

Mayor David Boothman—a closet fan of the film BMX Bandits—says locals want more parks.

“Skate and BMX activities have developed into a mainstream sport and the industry has reacted by designing more interesting and creative facilities,” he says.

Public consultation has revealed locals want:

• footpaths, public transport and parking facilities;

• safe and inviting facilities located in highly visible and used areas;

• challenging designs for beginners as well as advanced skaters and riders.

The main hub will be in Hertha North Reserve, with five satellite and two incidental sites spread across the city. Concept designs will go out for public comment.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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