Skate elements still possible in Ryrie Park

“An intergenerational play space in Ryrie Park ... could include skateable elements." Image courtesy QPRC
“An intergenerational play space in Ryrie Park ... could include skateable elements." Image courtesy QPRC

Some skate elements could still be included in an intergenerational play space in Ryrie Park after council clarified its decision to not include a skate facility in Ryrie Park.

Council voted to not include skate facilities in Ryrie Park at a meeting on November 22, but instead include it in future plans for the Recreation Grounds.

Following concerns raised on social media, QPRC released a statement on Friday saying it had clarified the purpose of its decision made at the meeting.

Advocates for the park complained that a lack of warning regarding the motion had seen them unprepared to make a case for the skateable elements.

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In an informal poll conducted by the Braidwood Times, 251 people voted in support of skate elements in Ryrie Park, 78 in support of a skate park at the Recreation Grounds, and 115 for no skate park at all, at the time of writing.

Staff briefed councilors in a workshop earlier this week on the intentions of the master plan, and the scale of the skate park elements. The concept plans revealed in August show skate elements forming part of a dedicated play space for younger and older children. 

Staff explained to council that the master plan was designed to allow skaters to enjoy the park alongside other park uses, rather than in a dedicated skate park.

Councillors will consider the Braidwood CBD and Ryrie Park draft Master Plan in a workshop in February 18.

Council will next meet at the Queanbeyan Council Chambers on Wednesday December 13.