New Tok skate park hits a money bump

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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