Skatepark plans soon

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Skate­board­ers in Whitby should have a clearer in­di­ca­tion of what their new skatepark will look like in the next fort­night.

Food­stuffs’ prop­erty man­ager Mark Lash says he re­ceived draft de­signs in Novem­ber and wants to move the process ‘‘ quite quickly along’’.

The com­pany will build a 3400-square-me­tre New World next to Ad­ven­ture Park, re­quir­ing the present skatepark to be moved or mod­i­fied.

The pre­ferred site for the new skatepark is 700 square me­tres of re­serve land fur­ther north on Dis­cov­ery Dr and a new fa­cil­ity could cost $150,000.

Mr Lash says talks with Whitby skate­board­ers has been pos­i­tive and they hope to re­lease a fi­nal de­sign in the next two weeks.

‘‘ We hope to ten­der mid­way through this year [for con­struc­tion of the New World] and look to start build­ing later this year, to pos­si­bly open mid-2014. Food­stuffs will own the bal­ance of the site and it is quite early to be talk­ing about other de­vel­op­ments around the su­per­mar­ket,’’ he said.

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