STAWELL - A young Stawell boy is leading the way calling for changes to be made at the Stawell Skate Park.
Bailey Decker is a regular at the Stawell attraction adjacent to North Park Oval and has written a letter to Northern Grampians Shire Council outlining his concerns and the changes he would like to see made.
The 12 year old has also spent time crafting a design that demonstrates how he would like the skate park to look with new elements that would make it more appealing for young users.
"The Stawell skate park is somewhere I go every day. It is a place where I can ride my bicycle with my friends," he said.
"My friends and I have observed that there needs to be some changes to the skate park for the community because there hasn't been any changes or upgrades in many years.
"I have created a miniature model of my design and have sent this to the council."
Bailey believes his design which includes a foam pit, curve in the box and a thick bit of foam will make the skating experience more enjoyable for riders.
He said the foam area would also make the skate park - which is very popular with young people, particularly during school holidays when it can become crowded, safer.
Northern Grampians Shire Council Acting Manager Community Sustainability Tony Dark said council appreciated Bailey taking the time to present the designs.
"It is great to see young people like Bailey showing an interest in their towns and thinking about how they can make some positive changes," he said.
"Council is currently in the process of creating an Open Space, Sport and Recreation Strategy for the shire. This has involved wide public consultation to determine the current and future sporting and recreation needs of our communities.
"We will consider Bailey's ideas as part of the strategy which aims to increase participation in sport and recreation for all members of the shire."