Stunts galore as skate park opens at $1m plaza

Read about the opening of Oaklands Recreation Plaza.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 50 - December 2015.


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Skateboarders, BMX and scooter riders are celebrating the unveiling of a new skate park as the showpiece of the $1 million Oaklands Recreation Plaza.

Mayor Kris Hanna and Member for Elder Annabel Digance cut the ribbon to officially open the plaza and signal the start of a display of daredevil stunts by skateboarders and riders in front of more than 250 people at a community event in October.

The plaza includes a parkour exercise circuit, mini basketball court, lawns, lighting, a shelter, toilet and picnic areas.

The multi-use facility is the first of its kind in the City of Marion and contains only the second skate park to be built in the city.  

Mayor Hanna said the site would be a drawcard for skaters and the broader community.

“The skate park takes pride of place at the new Oaklands Recreation Plaza which includes facilities for the broader community,” Mr Hanna said.

“People can try out the mini basketball court, have fun exercising on the parkour circuit and picnic on lawns.”

Council is continuing to work with users of the skate park and the local community to ensure Oaklands Recreation Plaza can be enjoyed by everyone.  

The October 10 opening featured a round of the YMCA Stake Park League which drew more than 50 competitive skaters and riders aged from 12 to adult from throughout Adelaide.

Speaking at the event on behalf of the State Government, which funded the project with the City of Marion, Member for Elder Annabel Digance said the plaza was a result of a shared vision.  

“Seeing this project come to life is evidence of the importance of the shared vision and collaborative relationship between Local Government, State Government and the community,” she said.

The plaza is at Oaklands Wetland and Reserve, Oaklands Rd, Oaklands Park.

BMX rider Shaun Lake from Plympton Park was one of the first to try out the slopes of the skate park.   

“The skate park is well designed so you can pump around without having to stop,” Shaun, 15 said.

“It’s exciting having the park close to home as I used to have to travel into the city.”

Community consultation identified a need for a skate park to serve residents in the centre and north of the city. The City of Marion’s only other skate park is in Hallett Cove.  

Construction began in October last year and was undertaken by South Australian company M & B Civil Engineering.

The plaza adds to the facilities at the 6.6 hectare Oaklands Wetland and Reserve.

Oaklands Recreation Plaza has been funded by $900,000 in grants from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s Planning and Development and Local Government Stimulus funding programs and $100,000 from the City of Marion.





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