The Byford community is buzzing after its new skate park designs were dropped this week.
Perth-based design company Skate Sculpture developed the blueprint for the new skate park after two rounds of community consultation.
The initial concept was launched in May with 50 of Byford’s keen young skaters, BMX riders and scooter stars providing their feedback on the upgrades.
The wider community also got the chance to have its say during a public comment period.
Their vision has now shaped the future of the facility, with the final plans including several of the popular ideas raised such as a spine, rails, bank and a box jump.
The facility will be designed to accommodate riders of all experience levels, and there’ll also be parkour high bars and walls.
There’ll be shade structures for viewing and seating areas, drinking fountain, overhead lights, CCTV cameras
Construction of the upgrades is scheduled to begin by mid-November. The existing skate park will be kept open for most of the construction phase, until the two parts are ready to be joined together.
These upgrades will help turn the Briggs Park precinct (beside Byford Secondary College) into a vibrant community hub offering a place for recreation, creativity and social engagement for our Shire’s young people.
The project is being funded by an $800,000 grant through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Comment on social media has been enthusiastic, with some people now eager to hear about the shire’s plans for a new pump track. The word is that more on that project will be coming very soon.