Skate Melbourne 2017-2027
Melbourne's two dedicated skate parks could be upgraded to cater for large skating events as part of the draft Skate Melbourne 2017-2027 plan that Council will consider at the Future Melbourne Committee Meeting.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle AC said the City of Melbourne recognises that skating is a popular form of recreation that will become an Olympic Sport in 2020.
'We're considering the costs and potential partners for creating an internationally renowned skate park for Melbourne. The park would cater for street style skating, park skateboarding, inline skating and BMX," the Lord Mayor said.
'We need to balance the needs of skaters and the rest of the community to ensure everyone feels safe using our public spaces.
'The City of Melbourne has researched skating infrastructure in other great world cities such as Vancouver, Portland, Paris, Malmo and Copenhagen in preparing this plan."
The City of Melbourne's community consultation on the draft Skate Melbourne Plan saw 1136 people provide feedback including skaters, residents, Victoria Police, design, university and youth representatives.
More than 362,000 children participate in skateboarding, rollerblading or scooting each year in Victoria.
The draft plan recommends the redevelopment of Council's two dedicated skate parks: Riverslide Skate Park in Alexandra Gardens (which 100,000 people visit each year) and JJ Holland Reserve in Kensington. These skate parks are more than 15 years old and will need to be replaced within the next five years.
Key actions in the draft plan include:
Identifying spaces suitable for diverse skating styles, including developing a map of preferred routes and areas.
Improving programming, communication and management of skating.
Increasing participation for girls and women in skating.
Chair of the People City portfolio Councillor Tessa Sullivan said skating is a predominately male activity so Council is looking at ways to ensure women feel comfortable accessing skate spaces.
'We need to foster female leaders to make sure that everyone feels comfortable skating. This could include running female-only skate sessions and incorporating safety features such as lighting into new skate parks," Cr Sullivan said.
Australia's best female skateboarders can be seen in action at Riverslide Skate Park for the annual Daughters of Doom Skate Competition on Saturday 25 November 2017.
For more information on the plan visit: melbourne.vic.gov.au
Image: Nastassia Ting, National Operations Manager for Girls Skate Australia and a board member of the Victorian Skateboarding Association.