Male skateboarder in Scarborough skate bowl
Category
News
Date
19 March 2018

Scarborough beachfront welcomes visitors

  • Scarborough

The transformed Scarborough Beach foreshore opened today, boasting international skate facilities, play space, public amenities and new job opportunities along the foreshore.

The $100 million development features the new Transit Hub, Scarborough Beach Pool, the popular Sunset Hill and changes to parking and roads to make the area more pedestrian friendly, and improve connections between foreshore businesses and the ocean.

Premier Mark McGowan commented, "Scarborough Beach has always been popular with Western Australians and tourists, and this transformation is sure to rival other beaches around Australia as one of the country's top tourism destinations.

"Tourism is an important economic driver for our State and providing quality tourist experiences is important in attracting world-class events to Perth and facilitate ongoing investment and development."

In a nod to Scarborough's cultural heritage, the famous Snake Pit returns and will be a popular attraction providing recreation facilities for all ages and abilities, including a 12-foot, competition-grade skate bowl for local use, events and global competitions.

A new playground and play space for families visiting the Scarborough Beach foreshore also forms part of the redevelopment. The State Government, through Lotterywest, contributed $1.47 million to the play space which is inspired by the connection to the Noongar culture and the beach environment, and incorporates climbing structures, swings, slides and other unique play components.

The new beachfront will be on show to thousands of interstate and regional visitors next month when the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships return to Scarborough.

"The $100 million investment by the State Government and City of Stirling has transitioned Scarborough into a more contemporary beach destination, creating a strong foundation for future investment and development by the private sector," said Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

Final construction and fit-out of the new $5 million Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club facility will continue after the championships and will be completed later this year.