Click HERE for Tony Caruana’s 6 minute interview on ABC666 radio today (mpeg4 3.2mb)
Today, Local Canberran skateboarder Tony Caruana and some others met with Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) Directorate about ACT’s skateparks. The meeting was positive and the issue has been clearly highlighted that skateparks need to be looked at differently.
Tony’s ABC666 interview occurred shortly after. Tony talks of the skatepark community establishing regular contact to assist and educate TAMS on skatepark best practice maintenance, including graffiti removal. Tony outlines that the power and lighting issues are being resolved for Woden’s Eddison Park skatepark.
He discusses that skateparks are health positive public places with great social capital as per WA University’s recent research.
Tony also outlines the CSIRO megatrends report in that skateboarding is the future of sport and
also the project to develop Australia’s first national Skatepark Guideline by Skateboarding Australia, something that is sorely needed.
ACT Government have placed this sign at Woden Skatepark after both the powerboxes, and more recently, the lighting tower fuse box have been tampered with. They are two separate issues.
- Unfortunately the lights were out at Woden skatepark (and a number of other Canberra skateparks) for some months without action even when reported. The lights at Woden are functioning again, but have since been problematic with their operation which could have lead to someone breaking and accessing the fuse box to adjust the timers.
- The power boxes being damaged to access them (e.g. to charge mobile phones) is more frequent.
It would be a shame if the actions of a few effects the whole community that use Eddison Park skatepark. During the shorter daylight hours, lights enable night time access for a huge user group at Canberra’s skateparks. Belconnen and Woden are the two most heavily utilised skateparks with lighting, although Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Civic are also well used.
PLEASE RESPECT YOUR SKATEPARK.
*It should be noted that the ACT Government does not have a standard repairs and maintenance budget for their skateparks or a strategy to prevent minor issues from becoming trivial due to a lack of finances, such as this one. The Canberra Skateboarding Association is doing its best to support the ACT Government with education and awareness raising of skatepark best practise. Again, this is a demonstrated example of why National Skatepark Guidance is required.
As part of the Woden Valley Festival a special SbA ‘Cruiser Clinic’ will be held at Woden Skatepark – Eddison Park, Cnr of Launceston Street and Yamba Drive, Phillip. FREE to participate in from 10am – 12pm Sat 9 November 2013.
See our Spring Flyer of programs for more exciting events coming up!
Skateboarding Australia will be hosting a FREE StreetWise Learn to Skateboard clinic 10am – 12pm, skateboards and safety gear provided by accredited coaches. At 12pm is the Woden Demo Feat: Reece Warren, Sam Giles, Marty Girotto and Canberra’s own Matt Cheney. This skateboarding will be a sight to behold! Get down there!!
Thanks to everyone who attended our “Learn to Skateboard” clinic at Woden Skatepark on Saturday as part of the Woden Valley Festival. We had 42 participants, a new record for our clinics in the ACT. Big thanks to skateboard coaches Brenden “Woody” Wood, Anthony “Chicco” Chicco and Tony Caruana! Bring on Summer! A new summer program will be out shortly.