By Rebecca Peppiatt
It’s the outcome everyone was hoping for, but no one saw coming; the tiny town of Chidlow securing local, State and Federal funding for a state-of-the-art skate park.
Now the idea has come to fruition and work has started ready for its opening in December.
The residents of Chidlow are thrilled with the outcome which has eventuated thanks to their determination and perseverance.
“We decided we needed somewhere safe for the kids to skate,” Katie Erceg, from the skate park sub-committee of the Chidlow Progress Association said.
“They were using the streets, the roundabout, the school, the community playgrounds to skate in and they were just making a little bit of a nuisance of themselves.
“We just wanted somewhere for them to skate that kept them out of the way and safe.”
That was nearly four years ago and armed with a letter written by a group of youths and a petition with 500 signatures, the community approached the Shire of Mundaring and State and Federal government representatives for help in realising their plans.
“It’s more than met expectations,” Chidlow Progress Association vice president Jo Hallam said about the design plans for the park.
“What we’ve ended up with is much more than we hoped for.”
Shire of Mundaring secured $200,000 of funding for the project, with another $150,000 coming from Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt with an extra $30,000 for sun shelters from Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw.
The community also raised $7000 through its own efforts, which is still waiting to be utilised.
“We’ve still got that, so we’re looking at doing an opening event, or putting it towards some lighting or some plants,” Ms Erceg said.
“That’s what we’ll have meetings around now, to decide what to do with it.”
Earthworks for the new park have now started and when complete will boast ramps, a grind rail, a high drop in and a half bowl.
“It’s great to see the project come to fruition,” Shire of Mundaring president John Daw said.
“Thanks to the community for their involvement and we thank the Shire and the Federal member for getting involved.”
Ms Erceg said the outcome had been amazing.
“It’s amazing that something out of kids being a little bit negative has been turned around and made into something really good,” she said.
“They’ve now got a fantastic skate park.”