Katanning skatepark rolls out refurbishment

By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on October 16, 2020

KATANNING artist Shah Jackey made the long trip home last week to complete the colourful revamp of the local skate park.

The vibrant graffiti artworks that now cover the ramps were based on concepts local youngsters submitted as part of a Katanning Youth competition, and fleshed out by Mr Jackey, who now works in Geraldton as a high school art teacher.

Shire of Katanning Community Development Officer Georgia Kowald said the seven-and-a-half-month-long process allowed the younger generations of Katanning to tell their own story.

“The skate park creates a story of its own to people in the skate space, incorporating skate legends and influencers, being Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta, on the big ramp to the robots and transformers on the end ramp,” she said.

“It’s almost becoming the past and future on the ramps. [They also] incorporated the Australian kangaroo, goanna and an eagle to give a sense of place.”

Ms Kowald said the community effort is one to be appreciated by anybody walking by.

“The skate park is one of the first things you see when you come into Katanning,” she said.

“Hopefully people stop and take a look at our artwork and skate park users can enjoy a great colourful space instead of the cement grey it was before.”