$200,000 boost for a skate park at Meningie

Wheels in motion: Meningie's Curtis Richards, Jace Ridley, Adam Sumner, Josh Parson-Averay, Thomas Pearson, Cameron Sumner, Chase Rigney, Lachlan Brooks and Coen Pearson at the proposed site for a skate park.
Wheels in motion: Meningie's Curtis Richards, Jace Ridley, Adam Sumner, Josh Parson-Averay, Thomas Pearson, Cameron Sumner, Chase Rigney, Lachlan Brooks and Coen Pearson at the proposed site for a skate park.

A GROUP of Meningie residents are a step closer to realising their dream of one day having a skate park in the township.

The Coorong District Council has committed $200,00 towards the delivery of the skate park project through the Federal Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

However, the minimum build for a skate park is about $300,000 and the Meningie Skate Park steering group - a sub committee of the Meningie Progress Association - are hard at work raising funds.

Steering group member Joanne Williams said the $300,000 project goal came about after consultation with skate park builders.

"We also plan to fundraise as a community with the aim of having a barbecue area, some landscaping and installing local indigenous art at the site," she said.

"I think we've raised about $2000 so far and its all driven and done by the kids ... because the kids are so happy to drive it, the adults are able to help govern and support them."

Coorong District Council infrastructure and assets director David Mosel said the next step in the process was to catch up with the skate park steering group to discuss options.

"And, we are currently looking at other opportunities to deliver funding," he said.

A group of four Meningie Area School students and skating skating enthusiasts Jasmine Cunnen, Jace Ridley and Coen and Thomas Pearson presented to the council last month, highlighting the positive impacts a skate park could have for the town.

A group of four Meningie Area School students including Jace Ridley and Coen Pearson presented to the council last month, highlighting the positive impacts a skate park could have for the town.

A group of four Meningie Area School students including Jace Ridley and Coen Pearson presented to the council last month, highlighting the positive impacts a skate park could have for the town.

"Having a skate park in Meningie would largely impact the physical and mental health of our community," Coen said in his presentation.

"By giving the youth a place to skate, scoot and ride as well as spend time with people which will increase their overall self esteem and wellbeing.

"When youth feel like they belong or connect to someone or something like skating or mates their mental health and wellbeing has a positive impact on themselves and others.

Coen said were there were no public safe spots for riding in the town.

"We are currently riding on private property, car parks and in high traffic areas directly adjacent to Princes Highway as well as other major roads," he said.

A skate park for Meningie had been a long-time ambition for fellow presenter Jace Ridley.

Five years ago, Jace, aged 10 years old, petitioned council for a skate park.

At the time, the council said due to funding constraints it was unlikely a skate park would be constructed in any of the council's towns in the near future but soon bought a mobile skate park which is rotated throughout the district; Tintinara, Coonalpyn, Raukkan, Meningie and Tailem Bend in eight-week blocks.

The letter a then 10-year-old Jace Ridley wrote to the Coorong Mayor in 2015 which prompted the council, through OPAL, to invest in a portable skate park.

The letter a then 10-year-old Jace Ridley wrote to the Coorong Mayor in 2015 which prompted the council, through OPAL, to invest in a portable skate park.

However, the Meningie Skate Park steering group believe the time is right for a permanent structure.

"(We are) ecstatic we got some funding ... it's great to have the council's support and after all, it will be a council asset," Mrs Williams said.