Carnarvon skate park and recreational sports area gets revamp with a Lotterywest grant to help engage youth

Jessica MoroneyMidwest Times
Shire president Eddie Smith and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
Camera IconShire president Eddie Smith and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan. Credit: The Shire of Carnarvon

Carnarvon’s weathered, graffiti-tarnished skate park, built 23 years ago, is set for a makeover, while a funding injection will also see Hutchinson Park basketball court renovations and a new pump track sport outlet.

The Shire of Carnarvon was granted more than $500,000 from Lotterywest to revamp the town’s rundown youth precinct. Construction will be carried out over a 12-month period and cost about $600,000.

Currently, the skate park is in poor condition, with surface chips and cracks. The area will see added shelter, seating, a drink fountain and art murals painted by Aboriginal artists inspired by the ocean, fauna and flora.

A basketball court in Hutchinson Park will be renovated and a 65.2m pump track will be built to provide a sport outlet for local youth, with upgrades including seating, drink fountain, bike racks, a picnic area and waste collection bins.

The completed works will provide Carnarvon youth an attractive area to socially interact, connect, stay busy and keep active.

Shire president Eddie Smith said the project would provide young people with opportunities make community connections.

“The redevelopment project will bring people together and strengthen our vibrant community,” he said.

“Council would like to thank the State Government and Lotterywest for their support in providing young people an active space to socialise, have fun, and test their skills in a reliable environment.”

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