By Caleb Sweeting
In our last issue we had a story on the closure of the North Terrace skate park, indicating that a temporary replacement would be ready in winter. Well the warmer months have passed and we are still waiting.
This week Greens member and skate park advocate Tammy Franks brought her skate park motion to a vote calling on the Government to commit funding to a permanent city skate space. While she is pleased that the motion was voted through, she is “disgusted” that the Government is continuing with the same excuses they used last year.
“They (State Government) are doing nothing and it’s all too premature for them to ensure the relocation of the skate park,” she tells Yewth.
“PREMATURE is not the right word, in fact it’s the total opposite.”
While a $300, 000 temporary facility is under construction off Wakefield Street, the Government is continuing to stall on committing to a permanent skate park.
“We’ve got multi-million-dollar developments going up, if they can’t get their act together to sort out a skate park I wouldn’t even trust them with a chook raffle,” she says.
“They’ve done nothing to support the facility… Vibrant Adelaide is their number one priority in their top ten list, but they seem much more interested in wine bars than actually ensuring the skating community has somewhere to recreate.”
Ms Franks has seen people jumping the fence into the North Terrace construction site and the footage of the “guy from Nitro Circus” jumping over the construction fence itself. She says while it’s amusing, it’s also dangerous – and the State Government is to blame.
The State Government has also taken some credit for the Wakefield Street development, which Ms Franks says is an outright lie.
Ms Franks is still working hard to sort the matter, and acknowledges that not everyone in the Government is against the skateboarding community.
“I think in general you can safely say that some of the Labor members privately are disgusted at their own Government’s lack of interest in this issue,” she says.
It’s clear that the Government has underestimated how many people care about the skate park, and how hard some members are willing to work for the youth of Adelaide to ensure they have a place that belongs to them.
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