Skatepark plans rolling around the district 29 July 2019 Plans for upgrades and builds of brand new skateparks, skateramps and skate paths are rolling on around the district. (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 email@example.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. Tairua skatepath 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. Whangamata skatepark (Concept design) We’re meeting with a user group of keen skateboarding enthusiasts this Wednesday to discuss two proposed concept designs for refurbishment and repairs of the existing skate park on Martyn Road, along with construction of a street skate area adjacent 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 project manager. “We want to focus on the iconic nature of the skate bowl, being one of the first of its kind built in the country, and rejuvenate the existing bowl as it is considered important to keep it, but give it a new lease of life,” Mr Ashby says. After this first meeting we'll be going out to the wider community for their feedback from Friday 2 August – 30 August. See tcdc.govt.nz/whangaskatepark for more information.