Greens Do 360 on City Skate Park

The Greens will today do a legislative 360 when Tammy Franks MLC introduces a motion calling on the State Government to commit to funding a new central city skate space.

The Greens will today do a legislative 360 when Tammy Franks MLC introduces a motion calling on the State Government to commit to funding a new central city skate space.

The Greens Sport and Recreation spokesperson says Government inaction has prompted her to introduce an almost identical motion to the one she introduced in 2014 calling on the Government to secure the future of a skate park in Adelaide’s CBD.

“Adelaide’s iconic city skate park located next to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site officially closed its doors at the end of February, but without surety for skaters and riders,” Ms Franks said.

“I feel like it’s Ground Hog Day in Parliament because we are one year on and the Government still has no fixed plan for a new permanent city skate space.

“Skate parks provide for considerable youth development and social integration and it would be a shame to see that end.

“While Minister Rau last year indicated there would be a new permanent home for skaters in the CBD, one year on the State Government has only committed funds to a temporary park on Wakefield Street.

“Meanwhile skaters and riders are being forced to go elsewhere, including parks further outside the city.

“There are concerns within the skating community that hundreds of thousands could be spent on a facility that will not stand the test of time, when a new permanent facility is the logical option.”

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