Stage, Wi-Fi suggested for Portland skate park

A REVAMPED Portland skate park with a stage and potentially Wi-Fi are part of plans put forward by Glenelg Shire for a new youth space. 

The council has spent the last year talking with Bayview and Portland secondary colleges over plans to redesign the foreshore skate park. 

Glenelg Shire chief executive Sharon Kelsey acknowledged there were few places on offer for young people in the city. 

“There’s not a focused area or a place they can call their own space,” Ms Kelsey said. 

The council needs to upgrade the ageing skate park — the first one built in the shire before extra regulations were introduced. 

A plaza, sheltered areas, a stage for music and shows as well as a design fitting in with the foreshore area have been flagged. 

Ms Kelsey said the council would be unable to put a dollar figure on the project until all submissions were received. 

“It depends on what we come up with,” she said. 

“The reality is we have to go through the process and it depends on whether we get funding from the state government but we would like to start in the coming months.” 

The council will accept written responses until February 21.

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