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2018-12-17 Community & Lifestyle
Author: Satterley Property Group

Heron Park’s Youth Matter. Here is how we’re listening.

Listening to our community, the Heron Park team have engaged ‘Skate Sculpture’ to develop a design for a new skate zone which will meet the needs of today’s youth. “The team at Skate Sculpture believe strongly in the importance of community focused design for skate and associated wheel-based sports facilities. Our goal is to deliver a successful space which caters to a broad range of skill levels and variety of styles” the Skate Sculpture team advise.

The Stage 25 Park is the concluding public open space in Heron Park and will be designed with Heron Park’s youth in mind, providing a space for our young adults to express themselves, get active and enjoy their community. The significant growth in the Heron Park and wider Harrisdale catchment had led to the decision to invest in our youth specifically. Recent research has shown that over 26% of Heron Park’s population are children up to 14 years of age (source: ABS Census 2016).

Located adjacent to Barossa Loop, the youth park, which is currently in the design phase, will form part of an overall landscape masterplan providing the opportunity to build on the number of play spaces available to residents.  Alongside the new park are many pocket parks as well as Heron Park’s adventure playground which opened in 2015. Sports facilities have also been an important investment for the Harrisdale area, including three full-size ovals, multi-purpose hard courts, cricket nets, and a sports pavilion.

“With a primary and high school located within the estate, providing an amenity that resonates with all ages at Heron Park is a focus of the Heron Park project team. We’re committed to creating an active space that incorporates a range of skate elements as well as other great youth activities” Heron Park Development Manager, Blair Lunt advises.

Heron Park residents have access to a number of education options ranging from childcare centres to secondary schools and universities including Murdoch and Curtin University. Harrisdale Primary School has recently seen over $15 million in investment in addition to Harrisdale High School which opened in 2017 to meet the needs of the growing population with a $61 million investment including a science centre and art studio.

Skate Sculpture’s extensive skate park design and construction experience creating skate parks across Western Australia will undoubtedly enhance the experience for the individual skater and will meet the needs of the residents living in the Heron Park community. A large part of the initial design will be led by conversations with the residents themselves in the form of outreach and engagement sessions and questionnaires to gain feedback on the style of equipment they would like to see.

“The key difference in commissioning Skate Skulpture is their ability to engage with the end user. As their team are skaters themselves we’re confident that their passion and knowledge will result in the best outcome for the park and ultimately our residents. What better way to understand what can be created and enjoyed at this park than to involve young local skaters, as was done recently at a workshop with local Harrisdale Highschool students”  Mr. Lunt continues.

Skate Sculpture will be working with award-winning landscape designers EPCAD to create the youth space and welcome any feedback from the community in order to tailor to their specific requirements. The Heron Park project team anticipates the youth park will be completed during summer 2019/20.


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