Skate projects rolling on 17 March 2020 Skate and scooter related projects are rolling on really well around the district. Pictured above: Whangamata skate park extension work as at 12 March 2020. In Whangamata, the street skate park project is well underway and expected to be completed prior to Easter. The concept design received positive feedback from the Whangamata community last year, with the contract awarded to Jason Parkes from Premium Skate Parks - a well-respected skate park builder. Grinding of the skate bowl was done in December 2019 to repair 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 is now underway. Our Council has also engaged with the Whangamata Area School under Smart Waikato's Secondary School Employer Parternships (SSEP) prograramme to engage students in the skate park project. (SSEP) is an award-winning initiative connecting young people, educators and employers, generating transformative results for communities. Employers from a range of sectors interconnect with school faculties contextualising learning for Year 9 and 10 and introducing them to a wide range of careers. The goals of SSEP are: improve student achievement, retention and transition in schools answer the question: “Why am I learning this subject?” ensure students make solid school subject choices to successfully transition into further education and employment introduce students to key industries in region increase attraction to careers in critical industries in our region encourage young people to stay in the region Students will visit the site next week followed by a classroom session to explore how school subjects can help them transition into being involved in a project such as a skate park. Click here to view the full concept design or see tcdc.govt.nz/whangaskate for more information on this project. Mercury Bay Skate Park (Pictured above: Concept design of the new skate park) In Whitianga, the resource consent has been granted for a skate park at Taylors Mistake, in the town centre. We’re currently carrying out an archaeological assessment, which will require 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 subject to approvals. 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 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 and can be viewed here. Our Council and The Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust continue to fundraise for additional items such as lights and shelters. Donations can be deposited into the Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust bank account: 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. Tairua skate path We are in the early stages of exploring options for a skatepath in Tairua and talking to local residents, the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board, and the skating community to determine the best location and design to meet the budget. There is $21,079 allocated 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. Pauanui skate bowl (Existing Pauanui skate bowl pictured above) We are also looking into options for the upgrade and extension of the existing, popular Pauanui skate bowl. Staff met with local skateboard users earlier this month. Their feedback will be included in the concept plan and taken to the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board for approval. We estimate work will start middle to later this year. To stay up to date with all our skate projects, see tcdc.govt.nz/skate.