‘Park elsewhere’

Skaters will need a new home when Wotton Reserve’s skate park is torn up for a car park.

Skaters lose out to cars

THE hunt’s on for a new spot to replace the Wotton Reserve Skate Park, which will soon be demolished for a carpark for the new Morley train station.

Bayswater council opened the skate, scooter and BMX park in 2002, but now the McGowan government’s told them it’ll be knocked over as early as the start of 2021 as part of the Metronet public transport push.

A Facebook group “Bayswater Skatepark Community” has since sprung up to advocate for a fast replacement.

Group member Josh Eveson points to the situation in Adelaide where its skate park was demolished five years ago and still hasn’t been replaced. 

Mr Eveson says he doesn’t want local kids missing out on years of social interaction and physical activity.

The group’s numbers include pro BMXer Todd Meyn, who attended August’s council briefing to implore urgency.

“It’s truly important that there is a new location set in stone before the original one is taken down,” he said.

Scarce

He said most people wouldn’t dream of knocking over a soccer field or a football oval, and skate parks are even more scarce.

“I’m 28 years old, and I’ve grown up at the skate park since I was 10.”

After learning the ropes at the skatepark he was able to pursue a pro career in action sports in the United States. 

“I wouldn’t be in the position where I am today, to be doing what I’m doing, if I didn’t have the skate park down the road from me.”

At the August 25 meeting Bayswater council reformed its old skate and bike committee, bringing on board members from BSC and with Mr Meyn in an advisory capacity, and their priority is to find a new spot for a Wotton-park style facility.

In the meantime BSC’s running a survey asking what people would like to see in a new facility at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BayswaterSkatePark

by DAVID BELL

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