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 skatepark next to the existing skatepark)

In Whitianga, the existing skatepark at Taylor's Mistake will be replaced with a design by Australian company Convic, a well-established global leader in youth space design whose work includes designing the Valonia skatepark and Waterview BMX park in Auckland.

The new Whitianga skatepark will be built adjacent to the existing site and become a fun, safe place for all ages to skate. A well-designed skatepark provides a safe environment for skateboarding as the most common skate-related injuries occur outside of skateparks when the surface isn't designed for skating.

We want your feedback on the design of the new skatepark and will be holding the following public workshops in August:

  • Thursday 22 August from 3pm - 5pm, at the Mercury Bay Area School
  • Thursday 22 August from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Mercury Bay Service Centre Boardroom, 10 Monk St.
  • Friday 23 August from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at the Mercury Bay Service Centre Boardroom, 10 Monk St.

The total design cost of the Whitianga skatepark is just under $30,000 and the estimated construction is 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 third of the design costs will come from the community and the remainder will be made up from external funds raised, including the sale of t-shirts and donations from The Informer and Ray Burgess, the owner of the building immediately adjacent to the existing skatepark at Taylor’s Mistake.

The Mercury Bay Skatepark Trust was established in May 2017, to help make the skatepark project happen, and it has received support and donations from a number of businesses. Any further donations are appreciated and can be deposited into the Mercury Bay Skatepark Trust bank account (03 1578 0110921 000). Please email Chris at c@devenoges.com with your name, contact details and amount of the donation

Once the costing and design has been finalised, applications for external grants will start.

For more information visit tcdc.govt.nz/whitiskatepark.

Whangamata 

Concept design

Pictured above: Whangamata skate park concept design, click to view the full document.

We would like to know what the Whangamata community 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.

“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. “We want to focus acknowledge the importance of the existing bowl for skating history in Whangamata, but at the same time give it a new lease of life so the next generation can continue to express themselves in new creative and exciting ways."

“The sport of skateboarding is growing and will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 games. We want to represent our local talent by ensuring we have a design that meets the growing interests and abilities,” says Mr Ashby.

Whangamata school studentsWe met with a small group of skateboarding enthusiasts including students from the Whangamata Area School (pictured right) and Shane Munden, owner of Saltwater surf shop, to discuss the project.

Flooding/drainage issuesThe 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.

The group really liked the new design which changes some of the parts of the old park that don’t work and are dangerous. They also had some great ideas that will make the existing bowl a whole lot better to slide and grind, as well as identifying areas that could include some street art, to name a few.

We are also proposing to ban BMX bikes to keep the park from being damaged and improve safety. BMX riders are encouraged to use the bike park track across the road from the skate park.

Slab movementNow we would like to hear from the wider community: what do you think of the concept design, and what do you like or dislike about the current park and any other comments or ideas you might have.

You can view the full concept design here.

Feedback can be given by completing a short survey here or emailing ross.ashby@tcdc.govt.nz from today until 30 August.

See tcdc.govt.nz/whangaskatepark for more information and updates on the project.

Water pooling from poor drainage

Tairua 

Options for a skatepath 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 2020-21 for the physical works.