Whitianga (Concept design of the new skate park adjacent to the existing skate park) We now have an approved experienced skate park builder ready to start on 15 September. We are requesting a budget change from Council to include the community raised funding. We expect a three-month construction period. The new skate park is being designed by Australian company Convic, a well-established global leader in youth-space design that has created more than 700 action sports facilities around the world. The plan is to build the park next to the existing one at Taylors Mistake/Whakau Reserve, which will be removed. This means the new skate park will be situated along the pedestrian thoroughfare creating a strong connection between the town centre to the harbour, which has helped shape the design layout and accentuates links between people and water. The concept design is separated into three main areas and can be viewed here. A street drain run, which follows the Carina Creek edge and consists of low height obstacles maintaining the views through the facility. An open flow section, consisting of beginner to intermediate transition features, with some unique and challenging obstacles. An isolated bowl section, consisting of intermediate to advanced quarter pipes. The design incorporates three main connector paths into the facility: one along Carina Creek, one from the town centre plaza and one from the town hall. Seating has also been incorporated into some of the facility’s platform areas. The site presents an opportunity to incorporate important cultural and landscape elements, as well as integrating youth needs with other users of the Whitianga town centre and waterfront area. In this way the skate park will be an integral part of the town centre, helping to create a dynamic social hub for the whole community. Whangamata The upgrade consisted of grinding the skate bowl in December 2019 to repair the existing skate park on Martyn Road (1265m2 approximately in size), and construction of a street skate area next to the existing bowl on top of the bank. “The project has received a lot of positive feedback from the Whangamata community and created a better flow from the shelter area to establish a street skate ‘zone’,” says Ken Coulam, Whangamata Community Board Chair. "The focus of the project acknowledges the importance of the existing bowl for skating history in Whangamata, but at the same time we gave it a new lease of life so the next generation can continue to express themselves in new creative and exciting ways," says Mr Coulam. The existing skate park was built in two separate time periods. The oldest and most iconic part is the snake run bowl, which is over 30 years old. This bowl has a lot of history in the skating scene in Whangamata and is known by skaters internationally as one of only three skate areas in New Zealand identified in Thrasher magazine’s notable parks. “We hope the upgrade will put the Whangamata back on the skating destination map,” says our Council's project manager Ross Ashby. tcdc.govt.nz/whangaskatepark. Pauanui We're also upgrading the popular Pauanui skate bowl. Staff met with local skateboard users earlier this year and their feedback has been included in the concept plan. Tenders will be put out in September for the Pauanui skate bowl remedial works. You can view the proposed concept plan (above) here. (Existing Pauanui skate bowl pictured above) Tairua In response to community demand for a skate facility to cater for all skill and age levels in Tairua, $50,000 has been budgeted in the 2020/2021 financial year to investigate the construction of a skate facility in Tairua. Options were considered at the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting in May 2020 and you can view the report here.