Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust skates past their target goal for funding 10 February 2020 The Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust has been working hard over the summer period raising funds for the new skate park in Whitianga. Boosted by fundraising initiatives at the recent Whitianga Summer Concert, including sausage sizzles, watermelon sales and bar staff assistance at the concert, plus external funding, it has now raised $152,000, which is over its target goal of $150,000. (Pictured above: Concept design of the new skate park) The Trust is still awaiting the outcome of two more funding applications to Trust Waikato and the New Zealand Community Trust. “A huge congratulations to the Skate Park Trust for all its efforts in raising funds, you have done an extremely good job and all your hard work has paid off," says Rekha Giri-Percival, our Mercury Bay Community Board Chairwoman. Meanwhile, the new skate park is being designed by Australian company Convic, a well-established global leader in youth-space design that has created more than 700 action sports facilities around the world. The total design cost of the Whitianga skate park is just under $30,000 and the construction cost is estimated at 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. The plan is to build the park next to the existing one at Taylors Mistake/Whakau Reserve, which will be removed. This means the new skate park will be situated along the pedestrian thoroughfare creating a strong connection between the town centre to the harbour, which has helped shape the design layout and accentuates links between people and water. The concept design is separated into three main areas: 1. A street drain run, which follows the Carina Creek edge and consists of low height obstacles maintaining the views through the facility. 2. An open flow section, consisting of beginner to intermediate transition features, with some unique and challenging obstacles. 3. An isolated bowl section, consisting of intermediate to advanced quarter pipes. The design incorporates three main connector paths into the facility: one along Carina Creek, one from the town centre plaza and one from the town hall. Seating has also been incorporated into some of the facility’s platform areas. The site presents an opportunity to incorporate important cultural and landscape elements, as well as integrating youth needs with other users of the Whitianga town centre and waterfront area. In this way the skate park will be an integral part of the town centre, helping to create a dynamic social hub for the whole community. The building consent has been granted and we are also carrying out an archaeological assessment, through an application to Heritage New Zealand, for an authority to do the earthworks. The design concept has now been finalised with stakeholders and the detailed design is well progressed. We are making construction companies aware of the upcoming work and hope to start construction in July – August 2020. Donations can be deposited into the Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust bank account below. (03-1578-0110921-000) Please email Chris at email@example.com with your name, contact details and amount of the donation. If you require a receipt for your donation please tell Chris. Whangamata skate work starts this week (Pictured above: Whangamata skate park bowl) The street skate section of the Whangamata skate park project starts this week. Contractors arrived on site last week to prepare the area to build the extension to the Whangamata skate park. Grinding of the skate bowl was done in December 2019. The works are scheduled to take 10 weeks, with final completion expected to be mid-April (Pictured above: Whangamata skate park) Pictured above: Whangamata skate park concept design, click here to view the full document. Our Council asked the Whangamata community to 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 design received positive feedback from the Whangamata community, with the contract awarded to Jason Parkes from Premium Skate Parks - a well-respected skate park builder. For more information click here. Tairua skate path in the planning We are in the early stages of planning around options for a skatepath in Tairua and talking to local residents and the skating community to determine the best location and design to meet the budget. There is $21,079 in this financial year (2019-2020) for investigations and concept plans, and then a further $162,515 in 2020-21 allocated for the physical works. Further details on the location and concept plan will be ready in March for public feedback. Pauanui skate bowl options being developed (Existing Pauanui skate bowl pictured above) We are also looking into options for the upgrade and extension of the existing, popular Pauanui skate bowl. Right now, it’s discussing initial concepts with skate park design/builders and local users. Further details on the design are expected in March.