Mt Barker’s Wilson Park will be redeveloped to provide more leisure opportunities for teenagers and a memorial for a young man who died at the park last year. The park, on Lowood Road, is one of the main recreation areas in the town, featuring a nature playground and basketball half-courts. Shire of Plantagenet President Chris Pavlovich said the Shire planned to redevelop a section of the park. “A few years ago we highlighted in the Shire that we didn’t have a lot for teenagers in the townsite of Mt Barker,” he said. “We have a lot for the more junior children and young adults but not so much the teenagers.” The Shire consulted with students at Mt Barker Community College who gave recommendations on what they would like to see at the park. A youth advisory group was formed to collaborate with Shire staff. The redevelopment is now in a community consultation phase. The Shire has allocated $40,000 towards the project and is engaging a consultant to create concept plans. It aims to have the works completed by the end of the 2022-23 financial year. “It will be quite a major investment for the future of our youth so we want to get this right, we don’t want to rush it,” Mr Pavlovich said. “We don’t want to deliver something that the children and community don’t want, so that’s why its going to take a year or so to put the plans together.” During the Shire’s council meeting last Tuesday, councillors approved an application for a memorial plaque to be placed on a bench at Wilson Park. The plaque is to commemorate a local teenager who died while playing basketball at the park last year.