Police suggest park guardian
Matamata Police are supporting Matamata-piako District Council plans to upgrade the skate park on Hetana St but think there is a need for more supervision.
Sergeant Graham Mcgurk said the area surrounding the skate park, including the Mcdonalds car park, was a focus for police with regard to crime.
‘‘That’s in relation to various reasons; Mcdonalds is open 24 hours and the area is a congregation point for a lot of young people,’’ he said.
The most common incidents were theft, vandalism and littering, said Mr Mcgurk.
Police recommend that a ‘‘capable guardian’’ be appointed to watch over the skate park when it is most used.
‘‘We make the effort to keep an eye on it but we can’t be there 24/7. Having some adult supervision there on the weekends, after school and maybe Friday night would create an area that could be used by everybody with a degree of safety,’’ said Mr Mcgurk.
Some younger children found using the skate park intimidating and would benefit from having an adult there, he said.
Challenge owner Dave Harris said there needed to be a lasting solution to littering in the area.
‘‘The skate park is a real town asset. How can we get it clean and keep it clean? I have paid close attention of late and although it is cleaned once in a while, within days the problem resurfaces.’’
The skate park’s proposed upgrade and extension is a joint venture between the council and Matamata Rotary Club.