Lynwood welcomes new skate park to keep youth active
05 July 2022
Edgeware Park in Lynwood is now home to a new pop-up skate park with basketball facilities and central seating, thanks to a joint funding initiative between the Australian Government and the City of Canning.
The Australian Government committed $210,000 towards this project through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.
The LRCI Program supports local councils deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City contributed $100,000 towards complementary infrastructure such as the basketball court, lighting, paths and seating surrounding the skate park.
Originally developed to replace the demolished Willetton Skate Park, the skate park was regarded as an interim measure alleviating the six-month wait while the Willetton Sports Precinct’s new skate plaza was constructed.
The facility was then shifted to Cannington Leisureplex before its relocation to Edgeware Park where it sits adjacent the Lynwood Youth Centre.
Mayor Patrick Hall said he hoped the development and relocation of the skate park would inspire young people in the area to pick up their skateboards and basketballs and get active.
“We are very pleased to receive the funding from the LRCI Program to further develop the skate park and relocate it to Edgeware Park, so it can further boost physical activity at the Lynwood Youth Centre.
“The City will continue its commitment to providing quality infrastructure, such as skate parks and BMX tracks, to keep young people active and healthy and to meet the needs of the population,” he said.
Federal Labor member for Tangney Sam Lim also welcomed the skate park to Lynwood.
“Community skate parks are a great way for our kids to stay active and build social bonds.
“The Lynwood-based park will form part of the excellent facilities available to Canning’s youth, including a BMX track at Canning Vale Oval and another BMX track at Kent Street Weir Precinct, which is currently under construction,” he said.
The skate park is moveable but considering re-location costs and structural re-certification requirements, the facility looks to stay in Lynwood at this stage.
Edgeware Park’s new skate park is part of broader program ensuring Canning’s youth are adequately equipped with infrastructure, with a BMX track recently completed at Canning Vale Oval and another at Kent Street Weir, currently under construction.