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Shire of Broome club development officer Mike Doyle will assist skatepark designers Convic redevelop the local skatepark.
Camera IconShire of Broome club development officer Mike Doyle will assist skatepark designers Convic redevelop the local skatepark. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Carly Laden

Broome’s skater boys and girls have been given the power to help the local Shire decide how their skate park should look when it is redeveloped.

The Shire of Broome recently put out a community survey, calling on the public to detail what they would like to see at the skate park, just outside the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre.

Shire port and recreation manager Casey Zepnick said the redevelopment was part of a long-term financial plan.

“We’re wanting to redevelop the existing skate park to make it a more regional level one rather than a local-level type of skate park,” he said.

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“The plan is to demolish the existing skate park and start from scratch.

“At the moment we are in a consultation period working with Convic, who are some pretty well-renowned skate park consultants, and we have put out the survey to see what the public would like to see.”

The site for the redeveloped skate park is set to expand into the carpark adjacent to the existing facility.

However, Mr Zepnick said a plan was already in place for the parking bays that would be affected by the construction. “We’ve got space within the BRAC reserve to establish some more parking elsewhere,” he said.

“The parking can be busy at times when there is a lot of sports or other programs happening, so we will be making sure we will be reinstating the carparks that will be lost.”

Mr Zepnick said while the results of the public survey had not been collated yet, a need to cater to all skill levels had already been identified.

Club development officer Mike Doyle, who has been overseeing the project, said the survey had already been receiving great engagement.

“Within a day of the survey being uploaded online, we got about 70 responses,” he said.

“While this is a great early sign of engagement, we’re hoping to get more responses from the town’s youth.”

While the timeline for the skate park redevelopment is still up in the air due to travel restrictions, Mr Zepnick said he hoped the new facility would be a place that would attract more people of different skill levels.

“We want it to be a skate park that people want to use and hang out at,” he said.

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