Ltyentye Apurte

Client: Atyenhenge Atherre Aboriginal Corporation
Status: Under construction (Opening August 2023)
Budget: $390,000
Size: 480m2
Team: Grind Projects, Spinifex Skateboards


The Ltyentye Apurte Skatepark has been designed in collaboration with the local community. It is a space for all whether its the young female who is just starting at Spinifex workshops, established skateboarders, socialising youth to spectating parents.

Importantly the design responds to its activated and defined location by shaping itself with the existing boundaries and offering a passive connection for the store, youth building and basketball court. This path with seating encourages both active and passive activation with at grade entries. The skateparks orientation, levels and layout ensures passive surveillance throughout the entire space.

It has been designed to include an array of elements, whilst applying the ‘less is more’ philosophy. These include numerous traditional elements (i.e. mini ramp, ledge, hips, flat banks) of varying heights and angles. Importantly the layout has been designed to encourage flow through the space and alternatively the ability to function as separate spaces with ample open room. This latter consideration will ensure the smooth delivery of Spinifex workshops whether its in the mini ramp area, street section or more advanced space. It will cater for the beginners on the lower level elements whilst the more advanced elements will ensure ongoing interest and progression.

The refuge areas seating allows viewing over both the skatepark along with informal social opportunities for those simply wanting to hang out to supportive parents. Overall there is the opportunity for the inclusion of vegetation whether its low level or established trees for shade. Collectively it will emphasise that this is a space for the entire community.

To make the skatepark unique to its location and community we encourage the opportunity to incorporate local history and culture through the painting of several elements. This was a key focus of the kids during the consultation workshops.