Wheels finally in motion on Appin skate park plan

Appin residents young and old have been crying out for a skate park over the past few years and it looks like that dream will finally come true.

Wollondilly councillors will vote on the construction of a new skate park in Appin at next Monday's council meeting.

Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth said the skate park would be a welcome addition in the growing town.

"Appin is one of those towns that has a really interesting geographical location," he said.

"It's not a town that you travel through to get to the centre of the shire but it also has ties to both Campbelltown and the Illawarra.

"The population of Appin has also boomed over the past few years and there has been a significant drop in the median age group there."

Appin IGA owner Matt Smith launched a campaign to have a skate park built in Appin in 2017 after he witnessed children using his car park to skate.

Mr Smith said a skate park in the town would give the young children and teenagers a place to gather and ride safely - instead of using his supermarket car park.

"They're in the car park riding skateboards and scooters and it's a danger to them," he told the Advertiser in 2017.

"There have been plenty of near misses.

"I've spoken to them and the said 'we have nowhere else to go'."

Think of the children: IGA owner Matt Smith, longtime Appin resident Ken Wright (front left to right) and other Appin residents have been campaigning for a skate park for the past few years. Picture: Simon Bennett

Think of the children: IGA owner Matt Smith, longtime Appin resident Ken Wright (front left to right) and other Appin residents have been campaigning for a skate park for the past few years. Picture: Simon Bennett

The skate park's construction is expected to begin in early 2020, with completion by the end of next year.

Cr Deeth said the skate park would provide youngsters with a place to go.

"People in the Appin community have been campaigning for this for a long time so it is exciting that it is finally coming together," he said.

"It's exciting not just for kids in Appin, but for kids across the shire and Macarthur."

The project will be funded using the $15 million allocated to the council under the Western Sydney City Deal.

Wollondily Council will also use the funds to build eight new exercise parks across the shire.

The equipment is expected to be installed at Bargo Sportsground, Wilton Recreation Reserve, the Old Menangle School Site,Emmett Park at Tahmoor, Douglas Park Sportsground, Telopea Park in Buxto, Dudley Chesham Sportsground at The Oaks and Willis Park in Oakdale.

Cr Deeth said similar exercise equipment installed at Warragamba had proven popular with locals.

"We want to make these parks accessible to people in all parts of the shire," he said.

"There has been some really positive outcomes in Warragamba.

"It's had a great impact on the community and it's a great way to encourage active, healthy lifestyles."

Cr Deeth said both projects are under a strict timline for completion under the Western Sydney City Deal.

"Due to the timeline I think these projects will be delivered in the next 12 to 18 months, so watch this space," he said.