Walliabup Skate Park, City of Cockburn

The Bibra Lake Recreation Precinct was developed by the City of Cockburn as a destination for skate, play, basketball and hanging out. It is named Walliabup Skate Park after the Noongar name of the lake.


 

The project came into creation following a petition by local school kids who wanted to see the run-down local skatepark they had upgraded. Recognising the need, the City prioritised the development of the recreational precinct to replace the existing facilities and provide an exciting destination for the increasing population of the area. The site is well situated near the local primary school and neighbourhood with good links to public transport and the shared path network around the lake that is used by many visitors to the area. The central element of the precinct is the 1,200 square metre skatepark surrounded by basketball, natureplay, shade shelters and amenities. Located near the lake the precinct includes significant stands of paperbark Melaleuca raphiophylla and Flooded Gum Eucalyptus rudis  that have been conserved in groves with wetland plant species and soft surfaces located at their root zones. The area has a seasonally high water table and planted swales have been incorporated to allow hydrological and fauna movement through the site and to accommodate increased stormwater runoff from the skate park’s concrete surfaces. The design was developed in accordance with the City’ s Bibra Lake Environmental Management Plan that identifies significant wetland areas and recommended material treatments.

Ecoscape started on concept design for the project in 2015 including organising community consultation and concept design of the skatepark with local skate park contractors Carving Concrete. The skatepark design was workshopped with local skate, scooter and BMX riders to see what kind of features should be included. From this a plaza type skatepark was developed that had some transition elements such as mini-ramp and satellite dish to provide for a variety of park users and the incorporation of a snake-run loop that is ideal for beginners to practice on. Materials were also of high importance leading to the selection of brick banks and stone tile paving in areas of the plaza to imbue the park with a distinctive urban character. Other park users were also consulted to see what concerns they may have with the proposal. Ecoscape’s concept design and costing provided the City with the necessary information to proceed with the project and, following the pledge of $440,000 of state funding by Local Member Peter Tinley bringing the total budget to $1 million it was agreed to undertake the build of the precinct as a design and construct contract.

In November 2017 Ecoscape teamed with builder MG Group and skatepark designers Enlocus to deliver the works as a design and construct contract which was completed in August 2018. This phase saw the design documentation of the skatepark and surrounding amenities with Ecoscape coordinating designs for use by MG Group during construction. The team then worked closely to see that the intent of the original concept was realised in the built work and the significant qualities of the site are retained for ongoing enjoyment of park users. The precinct was opened by His Worship Mayor Logan Howlett on 25 August 2018  with a crowd of approximately 800 people attending. The skate park promises to be a much loved destination for skaters and people using the lake and will be a key element of the City’s public realm.

 

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