New vol­canic skatepark

Central Leader - - SPORT - STAFF RE­PORTER

A new skate park is set to ap­pear in New Wind­sor, with a trib­ute to Auck­land’s ge­og­ra­phy.

Con­struc­tion will be­gin at the end of Au­gust with its de­sign in­spired by Auck­land’s vol­canic fields.

It will com­plete the third and fi­nal stage of the Valo­nia Re­serve up­grade which is be­ing de­liv­ered as part of the NZ Trans­port Agency’s Water­view Con­nec­tion pro­ject.

Agency man­ager Brett Glid­don says his or­gan­i­sa­tion is thrilled to pro­vide a one-of-a-kind, ac­ces­si­ble skate park in Auck­land.

The park re­flects a vol­canic lava flow with a bowl re­sem­bling a crater at its high­est point.

A lava flow will run through a se­ries of vol­canic coloured ter­races and skate­able fea­tures such as bowls, banks, quar­ter pipes and rails. It has been de­signed col­lab­o­ra­tively by The Wel­lCon­nected Al­liance, Auck­land Coun­cil and the Auck­land skate and BMX community. The pro­ject will be taken on by Mel­bourne based firm Con­vic, a global leader in skate park de­sign and con­struc­tion. The in­ter­me­di­ate to ad­vanced park will sit at the junc­tion of Valo­nia St and Richard­son Rd along­side the Southwestern Shared Path and the State High­way 20 ex­ten­sion. The pro­ject is the lat­est in a num­ber of community ameni­ties be­ing built as part of the Water­view Con­nec­tion pro­ject.

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