Tawa students push for better skate park
‘‘It would create a really cool hub where people could come down here, do a few different things and hang out.’’
A group of Tawa Intermediate students is leading a campaign to redevelop and improve Tawa Skate Park.
They took their ideas and a 130-signature petition to the Tawa Community Board earlier this month in the hope the council will upgrade the park, at Grasslees Reserve, expanding it into an empty plot of green space beside it.
The group also conducted an online survey, receiving a strong backing from the near 300 responses.
The skate park has just two small ramps, a box, and two rails disconnected from the main course for riders. A lone basketball hoop also sits in the corner, which the group believes is a safety issue.
Having seen the success of the redeveloped parks in Porirua and Waitangi Park, the students believed an upgrade in Tawa would attract better skaters and could even be capable of holding events.
‘‘I think it has potential,’’ Eliot Knight, 10, said.
The popularity of the skate parks outside of Tawa was also a concern, as the students often found them to be too busy.
‘‘When you go to Porirua or even Waitangi [skate parks], it’s always busy, no matter what time of day,’’ mother Stephanie Knight said.
The skate park could form a part of a large central recreational hub in Tawa, she said.
‘‘You could have more community events here – with the pool and the park [Grasslees Reserve] there as well, it would create a really cool hub where people could come down here, do a few different things and hang out for the day.’’
Northern ward councillor Jill Day refused to rule out the possibility of an upgrade, although she admitted it would ‘‘take some time’’.
The students had made a compelling argument at the community board meeting, but there were concerns over the ownership of the land next to the skate park, which she said was owned by the fire service.
There was no chance of an upgrade before the end of the year, she said.
Mother Stephanie Knight Eliot Knight, Sachin Kanji, Xavier Pine, Henry Spinks (all of Tawa Intermediate), and Lucy Knight, are hoping the council can upgrade Tawa skate park in the near future.