Drop in and tell us what you think about our skate parks 20 August 2019 We would like to hear from the Whangamata and Whitianga communities about the upcoming skate projects in these areas. In Whangamata, we are seeking feedback on a proposed design 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. “A focus of the project is acknowledging the importance of the existing bowl for skating history in Whangamata, but at the same time giving it a new lease of life so the next generation can continue to express themselves in new creative and exciting ways." Consultation closes on Friday 30 August and so far, we've received 32 responses. We will be holding a public drop-in session this Saturday, 24 August from 1pm-2pm at our Whangamata Service Centre, 620 Port Road. Come and ask questions, tell us what you think of the concept design, what you like or dislike about the current park and any other comments or ideas you might have. We're also trying to get feedback from the local Whangamata Area School students and will be presenting at the school assembly on Wednesday 21 August. The 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 issues to be addressed 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. We are also proposing to ban BMX bikes to improve safety. BMX riders are encouraged to use the bike park track across the road from the skate park. Feedback can be given by completing a short survey here or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org until 30 August. See tcdc.govt.nz/whangaskatepark for more information and updates on the project. Whitianga skate park 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 this week. 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. Other skate projects There are also plans underway for other skate park, skate ramp and skate path projects. 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. See tcdc.govt.nz/skate for more information.