The brand new Mandurah Skate Park will officially open this week, revealing iconic leisure and social spaces to be enjoyed by the community and visitors to Mandurah.
Designed and constructed by Convic Designs, the national competition standard park on the western foreshore includes three skate zones for different skill levels, including a competition bowl area, for skaters, BMX, and scooter riders.
There will also be power provisions at the site for events and competitions.
The space features social and leisure areas including grassed areas, elevated spectator seating with shelters, lighting, drinking fountains, a basketball half-court, and pedestrian connections to the wider area.
A new destination-level play space will also be constructed on the Western Foreshore, as well as new toilets to replace the existing outdated facilities.
The custom-designed area includes components, artworks and interpretive elements that celebrate Mandurah's cultural heritage, including Welcome to Country signage, 'Wandjoo, Welcome to Didaalamaap, Bindjareb Boodja'.
The Mandurah Skate Park in Hall Park will be opened on Wednesday, December 16 from 12 pm-4 pm, with the official opening presentation at 1pm.
The community is invited to go along and join the celebrations for free, including skateboarding sessions and demonstrations with Skateboarding WA, prize giveaways, and entertainment.
Skateboarding clinics and sessions are limited and require pre-registration - the community can book a spot at skateboardingwa.com.au. There will be no public access without registration.
The newly completed skate park is the first stage of the $22m Mandurah Waterfront Project.
Changing the face of Mandurah's City Centre, the milestone Waterfront Project has been funded by the state government ($10m), the federal government ($7m), and the City of Mandurah. It includes a number of components and stages; the Western Foreshore Recreation Precinct, Eastern Foreshore South Precinct, Smart Street Precinct, and the Eastern Foreshore North Boardwalk Precinct.
Mayor Rhys Williams said he expected to see many locals, families, and visitors enjoying the new destination-level skate and activity space during the festive season and for many years to come.
"We're so proud to officially open the new Mandurah Skate Park right before Christmas, as many families and tourists will be able to enjoy this amazing space during the holidays," Mayor Williams said.
"The skate park is nothing short of incredible. It's been designed with the help of Mandurah people, including young residents, and the finished product is something we can all be proud of.
"People from far and wide will want to come to our skate park to try it out, and this will give people yet another reason to come to Mandurah and enjoy everything we have to offer.
"The opening of the skate park, coupled with our plans for Mandurah's Waterfront, cements how we're shaping our future by creating great spaces for our community and visitors, boosting tourism and our local economy, and generating jobs for the future. The Waterfront Project clearly demonstrates our commitment to transforming Mandurah and hopefully, it will prompt further interest from private investors to get on board now and help to deliver on the promise that is Mandurah.
"Huge thanks go to our state and federal government funding partners for their commitments in making this come to life - I can't wait to see people of all ages and abilities enjoying this space," he said.
Canning MP Andrew Hastie said as Australia emerged from the pandemic "it's vital we do everything we can to support local jobs and businesses".
"The Waterfront Project - including the new Skate Park - helps Mandurah put itself forward as an exciting tourist destination."
Mandurah MP David Templeman said he was excited to see the project progress.
"...the new spaces and facilities will be a fantastic addition for our community."
The next stage of the Waterfront Project, the creation of the circular Estuary Pool with a floating jetty, is also now underway, creating more water-based recreation and tourism opportunities.
For more information on the Mandurah Waterfront Project, go to mandurah.wa.gov.au/waterfront.