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COUNCIL BALLS-UP WITH COCK-SHAPED SKATEPARK DESIGN

24.10.2019

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A photo of a dick-shaped skatepark redesign has gone unexpectedly viral after a council in the outer suburbs of Adelaide posted an aerial photo of it to Facebook and asked the community for feedback.

Image above courtesy of Tea Tree Gully Council. The dick and balls bowl in all its glory!

Locals in the City of Tea Tree Gully were quick on the cock-related puns, asking, “How long will it take to erect?” and “Will it get bigger over time if used?” Someone even suggested that it should have a fountain at the end that shoots into a large bush.

The City of Tea Tree Gully, for their part, had a pretty good sense of humour about the whole thing, changing the photo and posting in the comments:

“AWKWARD! We’re feeling a little red-faced here after posting our skatepark design. We’ve changed the photo to one that more accurately reflects what people might expect to see from ground level, as we would hate to set up false expectations – too much pressure for a skatepark. Thanks to all the clever people in our community for your ‘helpful suggestions’.”

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Will the phallus-shaped park be erected? While this design isn’t as impressive from an aerial view, it appears a little more functional, just. Image: Tea Tree Gully Council. 

“Don’t be too hard-on yourselves,” one commenter wrote. Another person suggested that the whole controversy was a plot by the council’s marketing team to attract more social media engagement on the project.

Tea Tree Gully councillor Olivia Savvas told ABC Radio Adelaide, “I was quite surprised by the reaction. I have seen designs of the park before, but perhaps not from that angle.” But she said the council were having a laugh about it.

“I think theyve had a bit of fun with it though … it’s not often that Holden Hill is on the map, so I think we’ve got to have a laugh about it,” she said. “At least people are engaging in our community consultation about the design.”

As it stands, the park at Bentley Reserve, Holden Hill, has two separate designs for proposed upgrades and the council is asking people to vote between option one or option two. Both designs look pretty quirky, to say the least, but if you’d like to weigh in on which one’s better, head over here to vote.