A plan to build a new skate park for young people in the Shire of Capel is rolling ahead, with the council now accepting tenders for the park’s construction. Residents in the beachside suburb of Dalyellup have been leading calls for a skate park for years, with one petition — which pushed for a skate facility to address the area’s rapid growth and provide more amenities — dating back to 2015. Young people make up 30 per cent of people living in the Shire of Capel and more than 25 per cent of the total population call Dalyellup home. The $1.7 million proposed project will include a “plaza style” skate area, skate bowl, barbecue area, carpark and shade at the Tiffany Centre and is set to provide an exciting space to support community activities. A skate park located in the fast-growing young community was earmarked in the Shire of Capel’s 2019-2034 long term financial plan and was flagged for $1,674,300 in the 2020-21 budget, with $872,500 outlined as grants funding and $801,800 from council reserves. The council secured more than $700,000 in funding for the project through a $200,000 Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund grant last year and a $522,200 Lotterywest grant in December 2019. Perth-based firm Skate Sculpture co-created the concept design with the shire and help from local school students and community members through workshops and public consultation in 2018. Cr Sebastian Schiano, who has been a big advocate for the skate park and youth facilities in the shire, described the project as a win for the young population at a council meeting. “They’re people who don’t get to have a say in local government quite often — they don’t get to vote, they don’t get to participate in our democratic process,” he said at the time. “So they look up to us as local government leaders and as community leaders to be able to deliver the sort of projects that are going to build their future. “They’re the people who are going to use the facility, they’re the people who are going to grow up in our community and they’re the people who are probably going to invest in our community in the future as well.” The council last week advertised for tenders for the construction of the skate park, with responses to be submitted by Tuesday, July 13.