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Images of Canberra – Skate Park in the Section 84 Development.

By johnboy 28 August 2005 8

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.

Civic Skate Park from above

The Section 84 development has certainly given us more cranes on the Canberra skyline than I can ever remember seeing.

Section 84 Cranes over Civic

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.

Red Nose on Crane

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.

Civic Skate Park from the outside

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.

Inside Civic Skate Park

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.

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Chalker 4:01 pm 29 Aug 05

They will of course be handing out bubble wrap and tape as the precious kiddies enter the park. Far less cost effective.

Maelinar 12:20 pm 29 Aug 05

Where’s all the padded foam from the OH&S assessment ?

Kerces 9:07 pm 28 Aug 05

Those were pretty much my thoughts too, em, as I contemplated it while waiting at the nearby lights this morning.

em 8:41 pm 28 Aug 05

I’m sure the skate park will look better once it’s got some nice graffiti art on it. Looks a bit boring and grey at the moment. But certainly bigger and more fun for the skaters than the old one.

Kerces 4:43 pm 28 Aug 05

I like the crane that says “the men from Marr’s” on it. You can see it as you drive up to the third floor of the City Markets’ carpark.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 12:44 pm 28 Aug 05

Despite the sign, the carpark the photo is taken from is actually the City Markets carpark (because it is above and around the City Markets), the Target carpark is the other one (And is above and around Target…prior to extensions of shopping centres, Target was vitually the only store in that building).

The whole sloping metal artwork thing still looks ugly, and I don’t think ivy or wisteria would improve it.

johnboy 12:02 pm 28 Aug 05

Well with that wooden trellis (on the part next to the building) and the offset they COULD grow ivy or wisteria up there.

Smackbang 11:55 am 28 Aug 05

Looks much better than the old version, I’ve got to say. But I really expected that sloped steel fixture on the side of the building and the skate park to look a bit different when it was finished. That bit looks hideous.

I am sure it was a very conscious decision to point this thing away from the city – what with that huge concrete wall overshadowing it, it is as though they’re trying to hide from the people using the centre the fact that Garema place is only 200 metres away…

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