Media response - Morton Road skate park

Published on 30 March 2021

Response to The Advertiser.

  • I’m getting the skate park opening story up today. Also saw there was the incident with the rubbish in the skate bowl at the end of last week. Could you please send through some comment about that? I assume it’s quite disappointing for something like that to happen so soon after opening the park. Also does council have any plans of what to do to prevent future incidents of vandalism like this?

Comments attributed to Mayor Erin Thompson

It’s awesome to see our skate park vision become a reality and I’d like to thank the community for its input, patience and support. We now look towards the continued transformation of Morton Road Reserve, and the opening of the wider sports and community hub later this year.

There are features suitable for all skill levels and riders, including skateboarders, BMXing, scooter, roller skating and all other active wheeled sport disciplines, as well as being a great tree-lined spot for families who’d simply like to come down and enjoy the action.

The park’s design celebrates Christie Downs and the wider Onkaparinga region, with its unique forms, materials and colours inspired by the colour gradients of Christies Beach rock formations, and the vibrant blues and turquoise at the ocean’s edge and Onkaparinga River.

I’d like to thank the state government, the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation (RRSF), and the federal government for partnering with us to deliver this life-changing hub.

Work now turns to the multi-use tennis and netball courts, the junior and youth play spaces, seating, shelters, barbecues, basketball half-court, irrigated lawns and public toilets.

Regarding last week’s rubbish incident, it was certainly disappointing to see a new community asset treated this way. But it was also great to see skate park users band together to help clean it up along with council staff.

It’s heartening to know the vast majority of the community are taking pride in their new skate park, and we’ve been stoked with the overwhelming positive feedback from skateboarders, scooter and BMX riders alike since the opening.

Council is working hard to help build a safe, inclusive and welcoming culture at the skate park, and this will only increase as construction on the wider hub is completed, lighting is installed, and RRSF’s life-changing programs create pathways for local youth.

The Youth Team have contracted the White Lion Chatterbox bus to attend the skate park twice a week for the next 11 weeks and are engaging with young people through a skateboarding coach.

The Christie Downs Community Centre is also developing a program for children aged 5-12 with a skateboard coach, and is in discussions to offer a meal program once a week for skate park riders.