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Three months since its opening, the new youth precinct has been praised by police and the Shire of Northam chief executive.

Shire of Northam chief executive Jason Whiteaker said the hub, on the corner of Peel Terrace and Chidlow Street, had been bustling with children and families.

The precinct includes a skate park, parkour, flying fox, ping pong table, a basketball court, barbecue facilities and a shelter.

Mr Whiteaker said he was pleased with how often the space was being used.

"It has been really successful," he said.

"Particularly in the school holidays and on the weekend, you drive past and its usually packed.

"It's a nice mix of the community.

"There are families as well as younger and older kids.

"I know it's called a youth space, but we see it as more of a family space."

Mr Whiteaker said the area would be even more "activated" when the Northam Aquatic Centre was open to the public.

The aquatic centre will include a 50 metre heated pool, water slides, new changing facilities and barbecue areas.

Mr Whiteaker said work would be completed to connect the two areas.

"Whether with footpaths or trails," he said.

"It's an area that we can expand on in the future and really make it a great space for our community."

Northam Police Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Mills said users of the facility had been well behaved.

"It's a really positive addition to the community and provides a space for young people to have fun and enjoy themselves," he said.