Whitianga (Concept design of the new skate park adjacent to the existing skate park) The Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust is skating towards reaching its target goal of $150,000 after securing a major boost in funding of $118,455 from the Lottery Community Facilities grant programme. The new skate park in Whitianga 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 new Whitianga skate park will be built next to the existing site at Taylors Mistake/Whakau Reserve to provide a fun, safe place for all ages to scooter and skate. Workshops were held in November to get an idea of what the skate park would look like, which is being used to guide the final design. The suggested concept design is separated into three main areas: 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 draft design incorporates seating and terraces that are located at the main entry point of the skate park, which connects to the Taylors Mistake/Whakau Reserve open grass area. Seating has also been incorporated into some of the facility’s platform areas, along with shelter. The skate park will be an integral part of the town centre to create a dynamic social hub for the whole community. The total design cost of the Whitianga skate park is just under $30,000 and the construction cost is estimated at approximately $600,000. Our Council is contributing approximately $20,000 to the design and $450,000 towards the construction through existing budgets allocated in our 2018-2028 Long Term Plan for the Mercury Bay Ward. “A huge congratulations to the Skate Park Trust for all their efforts in raising funds so far, we are so close to getting there, so any further donations or financial support would be gratefully received,” says Rekha Giri-Percival, Chair of our Mercury Bay Community Board. The Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust, which was established in May 2017, is the major organisation making the skate park project happen. The Trust has received support and donations from a number of businesses. With the community’s fundraising efforts and the major funding boost from the Lottery grant, they are now one step closer to the reality of a new skate park in Whitianga. The Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust, which was established in May 2017, is the major organisation making the skate park project happen and has committed to raising $150,000. The Trust has received support and donations from a number of businesses. Donations can be deposited into the Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust bank account (03 1578 0110921 000). Please email Chris at email@example.com with your name, contact details and amount of the donation. If you require a receipt for your donation please tell Chris. The consents have been lodged and once the draft design is final then detailed engineering design and costing can continue. Whangamata Pictured above: Whangamata skate park concept design, click to view the full document. Feedback was sought on the proposed design in August 2019. See tcdc.govt.nz/whangaskatepark for more information and updates on the project. Tairua Options for a skate path in Tairua and are also being worked on, with budget set aside in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan for this project. There is $21,079 in this financial year (2019-2020) for investigations and concept plans, and then a further $162,515 in 2020-2021 for the physical works. Pauanui We are looking at renewing two more playgrounds in Pauanui, including the skate bowl, and will be updating the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board at the next Community Board meeting on 26 August. Kuaotunu We're also working with Kuaotunu Ratepayers Association to establish a location for a skate project in Kuaotunu.