Skate Projects

Plans for upgrades and builds of brand new skate parks, skate ramps and skate paths are rolling on around the district.

Whitianga

(Concept design of the new skate park adjacent to the existing skate park)

March 2020:

In Whitianga, the resource consent has been granted for a skate park at Taylors Mistake, in the town centre.

We’re currently carrying out an archaeological assessment, which will require an application to Heritage New Zealand, for an authority to do the earthworks. The design concept has now been finalised with stakeholders and the detailed design is well progressed. We are making construction companies aware of the upcoming work and hope to start construction in July – August 2020 subject to approvals.

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.

  1. A street drain run, which follows the Carina Creek edge and consists of low height obstacles maintaining the views through the facility.
  2. An open flow section, consisting of beginner to intermediate transition features, with some unique and challenging obstacles.
  3. 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.

Our Council and The Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust has been working hard raising funds for the new skate park in Whitianga and continue to fundraise for additional items such as lights and shelters. Donations can be deposited into the Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust bank account: 03-1578-0110921-000. Please email Chris at skate@devenoges.com with your name, contact details and amount of the donation. If you require a receipt for your donation please tell Chris.

Whangamata 

Pictured above: Whangamata skate park extension work as at 12 March 2020.

March 2020: The street skate extension project is well underway and expected to be completed prior to Easter.

The concept design received positive feedback from the Whangamata community last year, with the contract awarded to Jason Parkes from Premium Skate Parks - a well-respected skate park builder. Grinding of the skate bowl was done 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 on the park side is now underway. 

For more information click here.

Tairua

We are in the early stages of exploring options for a skatepath in Tairua and talking to local residents, the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board, and the skating community to determine the best location and design to meet the budget.

There is $21,079 allocated in this financial year (2019-2020) for investigations and concept plans, and then a further $162,515 in 2020-21 allocated for the physical works.

Pauanui

(Existing Pauanui skate bowl pictured above)

We are also looking into options for the upgrade and extension of the existing, popular Pauanui skate bowl. 

Staff met with local skateboard users earlier this month. Their feedback will be included in the concept plan and taken to the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board for approval. We estimate work will start middle to later this year.

Kuaotunu

We're also working with Kuaotunu Ratepayers Association to establish a location for a skate project in Kuaotunu.