The City of Ballarat has approved a new Skate and Tween/Teen Facilities Framework at Wednesday’s Council meeting.
The document provides clear direction for the City to provide accessible, inclusive and relevant skate, scooter and BMX spaces and broader activity spaces over a 10- year implementation period.
Some of the key recommendations include relocation of the former Ballarat Civic Hall Skatepark with a new urban tween activities space and provision for plaza style (beginners) skateboarding. Officers brought forward initial planning for this project, given the disruption caused to skateboard users by the construction of GovHub.
Other initiatives include:
– Replacing the existing Delacombe skate park
– Undertaking design and implementing new local skate/tween activity spaces in Miners Rest, Alfredton and Wendouree
– Extension of the Len T Fraser skate park with large street plaza and transition areas
The framework also acknowledges the 2018 Active Women and Girls’ strategy which aims to provide a tailored response to priority issues identified within the municipality that may be constraining women and girl’s involvement in sport and physical activity, either as leaders or participants.
The Report noted that across Victoria, the needs of young children (0-8) are actively being met whilst the provision for older children (tweens) and teenagers are significantly underrepresented.