Lighting approved for popular skate park

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The City of Joondalup will install floodlights at Mirror Park Skate Park in Ocean Reef, which will enable the popular facility for youth to be used at night.

It follows community consultation in which 90 per cent of respondents indicated they supported or strongly supported the proposal for floodlights.

Once installed, the hours of operation will be extended to 7.00am to 9.30pm on weekdays and 9.00am to 9.30pm on Sundays and public holidays.

The lighting will be connected to the City’s central lighting system and will dim 10 minutes before park closure to warn users the lights will be switched off. If the facility is not being used, lighting will automatically switch off after 30 minutes. Users can reactivate the lights with a button, for 30 minutes at a time, up until 9.30pm.

At the City’s October briefing session, several members of the local skate, scooter and BMX community addressed the Council, arguing in favour of the proposal for floodlights.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City’s Elected Members had been impressed by the speakers’ passion for the cause, as well as their well-constructed arguments.

“The young people who spoke in favour of the proposal at our briefing session, delivered one of the more impressive public presentations in the Council Chamber I have seen in my three years as Mayor,” he said.

“Mirror Park is one of the City’s great success stories. It was local youth who first drove the idea of building a skate park at this location and it is obvious, in the ensuing years, it has spawned a close-knit and passionate community.

“I am confident our young people will continue to ensure it remains a place for people of all ages and abilities to pursue active lifestyles in a safe and supportive environment.”

Mayor Jacob said the introduction of lighting could also help ease parking congestion issues as well as improve passive surveillance.

Should noise issues be identified, engagement by the City’s Youth Officers or monitoring by City Rangers could be implemented.

Mirror Park Skate Park was officially opened on 14 December 2012.

At its meeting held on 19 November 2019, Joondalup Council received a petition, containing 164 signatures, requesting that Council investigate lighting options for the skate park.

The City has listed $52,500 in its 2021-22 Capital Works Program for the installation and other works.