CONSTRUCTION on Bunbury's new Youth Precinct will begin at Luciana Park on the Leschenault Inlet on Wednesday, April 7.
Estimated for completion by December of this year, the precinct will include a skatepark, maze, event and performance space and a youth services facility.
Bunbury Youth Mayor Sean van der Wielen said young people had been involved in every step of the process towards the creation of the precinct.
"We're so excited to see the precinct become a reality and provide a much needed dedicated space for young people," Youth Mayor van der Wielen said.
With concept designs revealed in December of 2019, the project has been subject to an extensive community consultation process driven by Bunbury's Youth Advisory Council.
Over 590 community members between the ages of five and 54 were consulted and concluded that the top three desired features for the precinct were a skate park, fitness and exercise equipment and sporting facilities for basketball and futsal.
The final design of the precinct combines both the urban and beach elements of the Leschenault Inlet to create an urban wave theme which will be reflected structurally.
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan commented that the start of the construction marked an exciting milestone for an important community project.
"I am thrilled to see Bunbury's Youth Precinct becoming a reality after some hard work from the city, the council and the community," Mayor Brennan said.
The Bunbury council originally allocated $6.5 million towards the project, which was supplemented by a $2.5 million grant from the from the projects major supporter, Lotterywest.
Upon completion, the Youth Precinct will also include a multi-sports court and parkour park set to be enjoyed by the whole community.