Geraldton home to best Youth Space in WA

Published: Wednesday, 27 January 2016 at 12:00:00 AM

Australia Day marks the long awaited opening of the Youth Precinct on the Foreshore featuring a clever mix of high tech, adventure and traditional play equipment guaranteed to thrill and entertain people of all ages.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the play equipment in the Youth Precinct was identified and chosen by youth through extensive community engagement which began five years ago.

“In 2011 the City held three community workshops to develop a vision for the area which has been implemented in the design and development of the Youth Precinct,” he said.

“Their vision included play equipment that offers elements of risk that kids really love so it was no surprise during workshops held in 2013 to finalise the design of the Youth Space that a rope skywalk and a 12 sided dodecahedron climbing cube structure were chosen.

“Youth workshop participants also wanted something high tech and Neos, an electronic game that combines the speed and fun of electronic games with explosive movements, was the perfect fit.

“Playing sports on the Foreshore was also high on their list and a ‘rage cage’ where games of soccer, hockey, netball, basketball, cricket, rebound tennis, handball and just about any type of roller sports can be played was exactly what they were looking for,” Mayor Van Styn said.

The Youth Precinct, which has been described as the best in WA, also includes traditional elements such as a Foosball table, table tennis, a swing and a carousel.

An Everlasting Partnership between the City of Greater Geraldton and Variety WA Mid West has made possible the installation of a wheel chair carousel and nest swing which enables children, regardless of their level of ability, to have fun together in the Youth Precinct.

The $1.94 million project received $1 million in grant funding from Regional Development Australia and $500,000 from Lotterywest with the City contributing $440,000.

The Youth Precinct is the third element of the West End Revitalisation Project to be completed following the refurbishment of the Original Railway building and the construction of the Eastern Breakwater or Esplanade.

For more information on Everlasting Partnerships contact michelem@cgg.wa.gov.au

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