Skate park users get say in run­ning

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

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.

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‘‘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.’’

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