Skate park users get say in running
With plans for the Matamata skate park extension set in spray paint, the skate park users have agreed to help cover the costs.
Matamata-Piako District Council has committed $50,000 to the project, with $20,000 coming from the Rotary Club of Matamata and $10,000 from sponsorship.
A further $8000 is needed to complete the upgrade and council has said its contribution will not be released until the full amount is raised.
Starfish Social Services youth co-ordinator Jono Bay has been working with the council on the planned extension and said they agreed that local youth would come up with at least $2000.
He held a meeting at the skate park on Saturday to help the skate park users to come up with ideas.
Suggestions included a gold coin entry fee to the park, the sale of scrap metal, sausage sizzles and raffle draws.
An application had also been made to the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.
Recent complaints about littering in the area and the need for more supervision were discussed by the group.
It was suggested that a group of the older skate park users form a council, which would be responsible for keeping the park tidy and reporting misbehaviour to the police.
Craig Knowlton is a regular at the skate park and said that there were a small number of people that gave it a bad image.
‘‘There’s a very select group of people that ruin it for everybody else.
‘‘ I can understand why everyone’s going crazy about it,’’ he said.
‘‘It would definitely be good to get a system going where if someone was making a mess, or just hanging out and not using the park for its proper use, we could go and talk to the cops about it.’’