A steel shortage has delayed construction of South Hedland skate park’s new shade structure. The main bowl section reopened for the first time since May on October 4 and will be open during the day. Town of Port Hedland chief executive Carl Askew said reopening met community needs during the delay. “Reopening the park’s main bowl section gives locals space to skate and cycle in the interim,” he said. “Unprecedented national infrastructure investment has resulted in significant delays in the fabrication of structural steel which is out of the Town’s control. “We will continue to work with contractors to adapt works schedules and find solutions to deliver the critical infrastructure investments our community deserves as soon as we can.” Mr Askew said the new shade structure will improve the town and allow for activity at the park at night. “The shade structure will provide 80 per cent shade coverage, provide a novel focal point in the town centre, feature LED lighting for night-time activity and there’ll be an opportunity to install public art,” he said.