Pictured above: Whangamata skate park concept design, click to view the full document. We asked the Whangamata community to think about the proposed design (pictured above) for the refurbishment and repairs of 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 on the park side. Grinding of the skate bowl is expected to be to be completed mid-December 2019 and the extension is projected to start February 2020. “The idea is to create a better link and flow from the shelter area and create a street skate ‘zone’,” says Ross Ashby, our Council's project manager. “A focus of the project is acknowledging the importance of the existing bowl for skating history in Whangamata, but at the same time giving it a new lease of life so the next generation can continue to express themselves in new creative and exciting ways." 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. The skate park itself is almost 20 years old and the report done by Premium Skate Park Designs in 2017 highlights a lot of the students’ concerns such as damage, chipped and broken concrete, poor drainage, congestion over the peak period, and most of the features not being functional and dangerous to use. You can view the full concept design here, however since we recieved public feedback during August 2019 there have been a few amendments to the design.