New Tok skate park hits a money bump
The future of a new skate park in Tokoroa is uncertain due to a shortfall in funding.
The South Waikato District Council has plans to create a new skate park featuring a bowl and plaza area on the vacant corner of Roslin and O’sullivan St which chief executive Craig Hobbs said would replace the ‘‘old and tired’’ Logan St facility.
While the council owns the site, which is adjacent to the Tokoroa Youth Park, and funding has been set aside in the Long Term Plan, as well as through a Trust Waikato grant, it is still short by $187,000 if the council’s preferred concept was to be given the green light.
That concept would see the skate park covering a 1200 metre squared area with a 900 metre squared plaza formation and a 300 metre squared bowl as well as improved footpaths, seating, and signage.
Creating a bowl was requested in the initial proposal from the skating community due to the lack of one at the current skate park and a large plaza area was also deemed preferable to ensure the facility at least matches the size of the existing skate park.
During the South Waikato District Council’s corporate and regulatory committee meeting on Thursday the councillors discussed whether or not to allocate the extra funding to the skate park budget for the 2017-18 Annual Plan.
Chief executive Craig Hobbs said after the initial allocated funding was applied it became obvious more money would be needed.
‘‘It is not going to really meet the need to put a really good skate park into that area so there is shortfall,’’ he said.
He said while cheaper options have been tabled he believed they would fail to meet the needs of skaters.
‘‘The plan was to always quit the Logan St skate park and move everything. My concern is if we go [with the cheaper options] we would end up with an inferior skate park and we are going to upset the local skaters,’’ he said.
He said the council intends to sell the Logan St site which could help with the shortfall.
‘‘That money traditionally goes into renewal funds but we could consider allocating it to the shortfall,’’ he said.
A resolution was passed that the funding would be added to the 2017-18 Annual Plan budget with further discussions surrounding actual expenditure to take place.