New skatepark design gets mixed reactions
‘‘We love the refresh on the skatepark. The kids keep talking about how wonderful it is.’’
Porirua’s newly upgraded skatepark has received a mixed reaction from residents.
The skatepark, which will have been a popular spot at Monday’s Festival of the Elements, has had $45,000 spent on it.
Michel Tuffrey’s design was painted over with a mural by Marc Spijkerbosch, helped by Moses Viliamu and several other Porirua artists.
The artwork cost $17,000 to complete.
Resene Paints paid for the first round of painting in October and the work was finished in a second stint in December.
An additional $28,000 was spent on preparation and maintenance, including concrete repairs, water blasting and cleaning, paint-stripping, multiple layers of undercoat, sump grates being replaced, grinder seats removed and replaced, along with security fencing.
Two weeks ago it was announced the skatepark won the best professional mural in the 2016 Resene Mural Master Awards, ahead of murals in Queenstown and New Plymouth.
Porirua Community Arts Council undertook the design brief and artistic management of the project and its chairwoman Judy McKoy said the finished result put Porirua on the map.
When Kapi-Mana News asked for feedback on the makeover via social media, the responses varied.
Lynette Harper said, ‘‘The mural is beautiful. All in all, a great job.’’
Nigel Brunsdon agreed, saying ‘‘We love the refresh on the skatepark. The kids keep talking about how wonderful it is.’’
Desiree Flaws said, ‘‘It looks awesome - great artwork!’’
Lui Ikenasio noted the blue gives it a ‘‘throwback’’ feel, as the first skating bowls were empty swimming pools.
Others were not so complimentary.
‘‘Not a big fan of the big blue eyesore,’’ said Chop Mvne.
Kade Eden said more colour could have been added.
‘‘That blue is bright as, not to mention ugly. A lot of money put into it, but not worth the result.
‘‘Took my boy to the skatepark and he said he needs [sun]glasses because it hurts his eyes.’’
Jane Taulaga said Porirua’s kids would’ve happily painted it for free and $45,000 should have been put to better use.
Carda Starr echoed that sentiment, saying it was a lot of money going towards something that would get scratched and need a repaint sometime soon.
‘‘Things like this would be better off as a community project.’’