The Powerco Skate Park at Porritt Park in Thames is part of the Active Thames 2018 portfolio of projects to improve recreation and sports facilities in the Thames area. It was open for use on 1 April 2017 and an official launch party was held on 6 May 2017. For all their help with the launch party, we'd like to thank: Wati Ngamane - for leading the karakia Kim Nikora and Thames South School - Sang the karakia Powerco's Lorraine Harding - Sign and project sposnorship Brad Auld - Supplied and managed sound system for the day Mike Veal - Assisted with electronic set-up and general helping hand More FM & Alan Beale - Radio coverage and MC St John - Providing Accident Response (luckily not required but stayed for the whole event) Thames Scouts and Gavin Buchanan - Sterling job on the BBQ Thames Youth Centre - Hip Hop demonstration, music and more Boots n All for the skate competition trophy Wintec for spot prizes SOUF SIDE skaters for skate board prizes Richard Smith of Rich Landscapes for building the park Pak n Save for food and beverages Smart Environmental - Site preparation and rubbish management Nigel Smith (Thames Police) Ric Balfour - General event preparation and management Marlene Perry for pulling it all together and making the event a success! Louise West from Waikato DHB Population Health The Thames Revolution crew Citizens Advice Bureau Rich Landscapes - designed and contracted the build project DLM Construction- for building the skate park The design concept We worked with skaters on the design of this family-friendly facility that has the potential for a future pump track extension. It features a 1.5m high mini ramp that steps down to a 1.2m high mini ramp with flyout and rising quarter section. A low pyramid with ledge, kinked flat round rail and sculptural ‘nugget’ manual box are in the street section with a wide turnaround 0.95m high quarter pipe at the far end. The skate park will complement the expanded playground area which includes a new toilet block. 6 May 2017 - the big launch! Wati Ngamane of Ngati Maru leads students and staff from Thames South School in a blessing, karakia, whaka tau and hymn to open the official launch of the Powerco Skate Park. Thames Community Board Chair Diane Connors (left) and Active Thames 2018 representative Mary Hamilton (speaking) said the skate park had been more than 10 years in the making with strong involvement from the Thames community. Members of the Thames Revolution Crew talk about how they began talking to Council about a new skate park years ago, and what a great asset for youngsters the Powerco Skate Park is. Powerco's Sponsorship and Marketing Manager Lorraine Harding presents a skate trophy made by Boots n All to Thames Revolution Crew. The trophy will be awarded annually in a skateboarding competition. A member of Thames Revolution Crew skates through the ribbon held by Thames Community Board Chair Diane Connors (left) and Powerco's Lorraine Harding (right), to officially open the Powerco Skate Park. A crew of professional skateboarders (and one scooterist) from SOUF SIDE Skateboards in Auckland put on an exhibition and then gave a tips and tricks session for the locals. SOUF SIDE's Lenard Tejada is NZ skateboarding champ and an Olympic prospect for Team NZ for the 2020 Olympics in Japan where for the first time skateboarding is one of the events. Another member of the SOUF SIDE crew does a front nose grind ollie (exact name of trick may differ from this description). February 2017 15 February 2017 These aerial views give a good picture of the layout of the skate park. 10 February 2017 The concrete work is done! Landscaping is now taking place. 2 February 2017 January 2017 - The new Thames skate and scooter park is rapidly taking shape. 27 January 2017 The form of the skate park is really starting to become apparent. 20 January 2017 17 January 2017 13 January, 2017 Getting the ramps nice and smooth. 9 January, 2017 The ramps and other features of the skate and scooter park are really starting to become apparent. 4 January, 2017 Contractors are back on site after the Christmas/New Year break and progressing well within the planned schedule. December 2016 - construction underway Dec 22, 2016 Thames Community Board Chair Diane Connors with Lions Club of Thames members John Trebilcock (Lion Tamer), Shane Dinneen (Membership Manager) and Michael Kemp (President). The Thames Lions Club has paid for a sign depicting the history of the original Wakatere paddle steamer and the replica Wakatere play boat, which the Thames Lions built in 1969. 15 Dec, 2016 Above and below: A look behind the black netting around the construction site. Walls and footings for the ramps and other features of the skate and scooter park are going in. 13 Dec, 2016 The footings for the ramps are boxed in and reinforcing steel bars tied in place ready for the masonry blocks to be put in place and concrete to be poured. 2 Dec, 2016 - the site is cleared, ready for building October 2016 - pre-construction Before the skate and scooter park could be built, the old replica Wakatere play boat had to be removed. Salvageable parts were removed and put into storage for future use.