The skate surface design has the right level of difficulty for beginners and juniors? What are your thoughts.

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  • immed8 over 8 years ago
    From viewing of the initial designs, I would suggest that the park is very much suited to beginning skaters and scooters - however, I would suggest the addition of perhaps two gentle ramps leading into the central area, for slightly older children (6-9 y.o.) who might find the 'bowl' areas a little easy. Although I realise the difficulty in trying to cater to a range of ages, I suspect my 7 y.o. would be bored with this design in about 20mins - he's at an intermediate stage where large ramps and bowls are still a little scary, but his growing confidence in longer flat areas and higher ramps suggests that this design would be too 'easy'. This is a young boy who's quite confident flying along the footpath down Station St, so I suspect this design wouldn't hold his interest for very long!
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    • Albionresident over 8 years ago
      I don't believe there should be a skate facility this close to residents...let alone trying to cater to older boys...it's designed for under 8s ...so perhaps your son will outgrow it soon enough
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      • immed8 over 8 years ago
        He may well outgrow it soon enough, but unfortunately there's not much in the way of alternatives for his age group. I refuse to take him to Goldsmith Place for reasons already stated, otherwise the only other alternative we have is Blackheath - Lawson is too far too difficult for his experience level, and then it's Glenbrook, which is getting too far away. So at the moment, this is all we have.

        I agree re: the bowls, this may not be particularly wise for younger children still learning... it could be an accident waiting to happen. I do hear you, Albionresident, and if council put forward a plan for a junior skate facility at Catalina, I'd certainly be happy to support it.
  • Albionresident over 8 years ago
    The initial proposal said it was for a junior skate facility and learning to ride .."wheels" - there doesn't appear to be any things other than bowls...like a little bike track for tiny kids with training wheels? There is no way a starter toddler on a bike or scooter will go into a bowl no matter how shallow. I would also suggest:
    Putting in clear signs that state the park is for under 8's (or proposed age)...to give parents reassurance older kids won't be there.

    Can this be relocated to Catalina ?