Tairua Skatepark

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Tairua Skate Park location consultation

We are continuing to work with community to determine a suitable site for a skatepark in Tairua.

Our intial survey to confirm the site shortlist and support for a skatepark shows that 93% of people support building a skatepark in Tairua. 

We shortlisted three sites and held a second survey to find out which one people prefer. More information on the three sites is lower down this page.

Thank you to the many hundreds of people who completed both surveys. Your participation is critical as the results will be used to provide Council with information on the community’s preference for site.

Our Council has commissioned Veros as independent consultants, to carry out the Tairua Skatepark Project site selection consultation phase. Please contact Adele or Chase if you have more questions:

Adele Hadfield - Principal Strategic Projects

p: 027 807 3251, e: adeleh@veros.co.nz

Chase Cahalane - Strategic Advisor

p: 027 497 5565, e: chasec@veros.co.nz

What has happened so far:

Thank you! We received 523 responses to the Tairua Skatepark Survey between 15 October and 19 November. Over 93% of people who responded to the Tairua Skatepark survey told us that they supported the development of a skatepark in Tairua. The focus of the balance of this stage of the project is to inform the decision about where. A set of draft criteria were provided for feedback during the same survey. Over 78% of people supported the criteria as drafted – many people commented on particular aspects like;

- Noise
- Access to toilets, shade, parking and drinking water
- Visibility and safety of users and spectators
- Consideration of impact on residents

These are already considered in the criteria.

Site options

The site shortlist prior to the survey was:

1. Cory Park Domain

2. Pepe Reserve – East side

3. Tairua School

Survey respondents identified a number of additional sites for consideration.

Many of the sites suggested had been previously assessed and set aside based on earlier assessments – Veros reviewed these sites again following the suggestions and found that the decision to set these asides was sound. A complete report on the results from the survey will be available shortly.

Some new sites were suggested, those sites and the reasons for setting them aside include:

Site: Old Bowling Club, Main Rd (by golf course)
Reason to set aside:Privately owned by the Tairua Country Club Incorporated, likely significant cost in land acquisition if the owner is willing to sell, immediately adjoining residents on eastern side of property. 

Site: Red Bridge Road
Reason to set side: Distance from town is 2.5km, no footpath for 1.2km of this distance, distance makes the site less accessible to many of the potential user group and the lack of a suitable footpath along the route creates safety issues, no nearby amenities. 

Site: Tairua Campground
Reason to set aside: Currently under lease to commercial operators, significant time delay in construction if selected, possible negative economic impact to the local community by removing holiday accommodation, public consultation previously indicates that the community wants the camp to remain, immediately adjoining residential properties on the eastern side of property.

Site: Land reclamation crearing greenspace in Paku Bay next to Marina
Reason to set aside: Requires land reclamation, resource contents, construction costs, and likely environmental court processes, significant cost, significant time delay in construction. 

Next steps

The key steps and milestones are

1) Council receives a report which analyses the Location Assessment Criteria and adopts the Statement of Proposal. This outlines the preferred option, why it is preferred and how Council reached this decision.

8 February 2022

2) The community can make submissions in response to the Statement of Proposal. As part of the submission you will let Council know if you want to be heard in support of your submission.

14 February to 8 April 2022

3) Submitters who choose to be heard at hearings in support of their submission will ‘present’ to Council.

28 and 29 April – still to be confirmed

4) Council considers submissions and what they have heard at hearings and makes a final decision.

May 24 2022

5) The Skatepark delivery phase begins including detailed skatepark design for the selected site. The current project delivery budget for the Tairau Skatepark is $376,555 (this includes the $150,000 community contribution target).

Stay in touch

We are now distributing information on the project directly to over 1400 people. If you want to be added to the information distribution list please sign up to the Tairua Skatepark information list by Subscribe to the Council’s email newsletters via: tcdc.govt.nz/subscribe

Final Shortlist

We now want feedback on the following three shortlisted sites

1. Cory Park Domain

2. Pepe Reserve – East side

3. Tairua School

All these sites meet the minimum site size standard of 700m2 of available space for a skatepark.

Here is a bit more information on each of these sites. Please note that we have identified the general area being investigated for each site. Each site has specific design requirements that will need to be met during the detailed design process. This will occur once a preferred site is selected.

Cory Park Domain| 406 Main Road North (between Hornsea and Manaia Rds)

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Take a video tour of Cory Park Domain:

Cory Park Domain is an Active Recreation Reserve owned by Thames-Coromandel District Council.

The specific things to consider for this site are:

- Ensuring the current activities (apart from the activity equipment) on the site are not compromised

- Tairua’s primary active recreation (sporting) venue

- Poor drainage issues due to low lying land and underlying water table

- Centrally located – Public toilets 145m and 400m away, 400m to town centre

- The domain, whilst zoned ‘active recreation’, is located within a residentially zoned area, with houses all around the domain.

- Up to eight residential properties may fall within 50m of the site, six within 40m, and one within 30m.

- Scores well with preliminary CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) assessment due to good access, surveillance, reserve layout and activities mix.

Pepe Reserve | 220 Main Road (Harbour side)

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Take a video tour of Pepe Reserve:

Pepe Reserve is a Passive Reserve owned by Thames – Coromandel District Council.

The specific things to consider for this site are:

- Ensuring the current activities on the site are not compromised (playground & picnic facilities)

- Centrally located and popular reserve for many user groups. New public toilet facility on site and adjoining café.

- Parking is regularly at capacity over summer periods.

- Up to three residential properties may fall within 40m and 50m of the site, two within 30m.

- Zoned for passive recreation – requiring zoning change if selected for development.

- Scores moderately with preliminary CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) assessment due to good access, reserve layout and activities mix. Poor lighting and impaired line of site impedes good site surveillance.

Tairua School | 110 Main Road North (north end of field)

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Take a video tour of Tairua School:

Tairua School is a primary school owned by the Ministry of Education

The specific things to consider for this site are:

- Site acquisition and tenure by MoU agreement with MOE only

- 1.2km from town centre. 250m from closest shops, and 450m from public toilets

- Residentially zoned area – may require zone change or resource consent for discretionary activity.

- Up to 15 residential properties may fall within 50m of the site, 10 within 40m, and four within 30m.

- Scores fair with preliminary CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) assessment. Clear lines of sight to area, but low passive surveillance outside of school hours. Possible activities conflict/distraction during school hours. Poor access due to distance from town.

 

Potential design elements:

Skatepark Design Elements

Usability factors

Flow
Traffic
Speed
Difficulty
Visibility (within skatepark)
Stylistic focus

Functional Factors

Capacity
Areas for spectators, seating and resting
Integration with existing landscape
Access
Security, operations and maintenance
Spatial and budgetary constraints/opportunities

The website Skatedeluxe is a great resource for skatepark design elements.

Tairua Skate Park location consultation background information

A site at Cory Park Domain was identified but legal proceedings in 2021 forced a halt to the project. In order to start with a clean slate, the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board agreed at its June 2021 meeting to revoke all previous decisions made in regards to the skate park.

A new timeline and process to look at the development of a skatepark at Tairua has been signed off.

An out-of-cycle budget of $60,000 funded from the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board’s retained earnings is being used for Veros Property Services, an independent company with expertise in planning, consultation and project management, to lead the work.

Thank you! We received 523 responses to the Tairua Skatepark Survey between 15 October and 19 November. Over 93% of people who responded to the Tairua Skatepark survey told us that they supported the development of a skatepark in Tairua. The focus of the balance of this stage of the project is to inform the decision about where. A set of draft criteria were provided for feedback during the same survey. Over 78% of people supported the criteria as drafted – many people commented on particular aspects like;