Skatepark ramps up designs

Users and res­i­dents buy into move

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

Early designs for mov­ing the Whitby Skatepark ap­pear to be sat­is­fy­ing skate­board­ers and res­i­dents.

North­ern ward Porirua city coun­cil­lor Anita Baker says user groups have been es­tab­lished and con­sulted on the draft designs.

A re­cent Kapi- Mana News ed­i­to­rial expressed con­cerns whether Whitby skate­board­ers would be given mean­ing­ful in­put on the new park, af­ter Food­stuffs took on re­spon­si­bil­ity for the project.

It is go­ing to build a 3000-square-me­tre New World su­per­mar­ket next to Ad­ven­ture Park, re­quir­ing the cur­rent skatepark to be mod­i­fied or moved.

The pref­er­ence of Food­stuffs, skatepark users and the coun­cil is for the lat­ter.

Ms Baker says a few skate­board­ers con­tacted her af­ter the ar­ti­cle, but she had met most of them be­fore, and so far they were happy with the plans.

‘‘They have asked for a cer­tain de­signer, and that is the one we’re go­ing with.

‘They are not get­ting ev­ery­thing they want but it is a big­ger area than the cur­rent skatepark.’’

The pre­ferred site for the new skatepark is 700- square- me­tres of re­serve land fur­ther north on Dis­cov­ery Dr, near the road­side be­low the Star­board Lane turnoff and Sa­muel Mars­den Col­lege. The skatepark and ad­join­ing bas­ket­ball half- court is ex­pected to be moved within the next two years at a cost of about $150,000.

The re­sponse of Whitby Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers, ex­cept one, has been pos­i­tive, Ms Baker says.

The lo­ca­tion gets the skatepark away from most res­i­dents, it is vis­i­ble from the road and there will be no ve­hi­cle ac­cess.

‘‘The cars were the big­gest prob­lem with the old skatepark.’’

Prospec­tive buy­ers of prop­erty on Flotilla Place, part of Whitby Sec­tions’ ‘‘ Dress Cir­cle’’ res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, will be in­formed of the skatepark’s re­lo­ca­tion.

The next public meet­ing to dis­cuss designs and progress of the skatepark will be at St Mary’s Church on May 15, 7pm.

Any skate­board­ers, BMX and scooter riders who want their views taken on board are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

New lay­out: Early designs for a re­lo­cated Whitby Skate Park on Dis­cov­ery Dr. It in­cludes two quar­ter pipes, straight ramps, rails, stairs and a fun box, as well as a half-court for bas­ket­ball.

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