What makes a youth centre? Pool tables, computers, a basketball hoop, and a pen with a padded floor it would seem if the new Youth Centre in the still under construction Section 84 Development is to be believed. And a skate park of course. If you don’t give the kids a skate park they’ll just skate all over the place and upset old ladies.
And so it would seem that when relocating the community sector out of the old Griffin Centre the highest priority was to get Canberra’s unruly youth contained and quarantined again as quickly as possible. Let that be a lesson to other community groups. You have to scare people and maybe mess stuff up if you want to get taken care of pronto.
So here’s what the new facility next to Ballumbir Street looks like from on top of the
Target City Markets Car Park.
The Section 84 development has certainly given us more cranes on the Canberra skyline than I can ever remember seeing.
It’s interesting that even though SIDS research is no longer the fund raising force it used to be crane drivers seeking an outlet for their creativity still like to put the red nose on. Aspiring charities should be brainstorming some sort of alternative for fresh causes.
Anyway, back to the skate park. It’s a striking mix of stainless steel and grey concrete which must be well preparing our young thrashers for their future life as public servants.
9.30 on a Saturday morning is a bit early for the tykes to be out of their beds, so I walked in to get a closer shot.
I have to say, it looks kind of fun. I’ve got visions creeping into my mind of dusting off the old rollerblades and maybe sneaking down here of an early morning (so as to avoid an audience).
On the other hand I really don’t enjoy getting my wheels off the ground. So maybe this isn’t for me after all.