Skate­board­ing in the town hall precinct

The New Age (Western Cape) - - News - TNA REPORTER

THE city’s Trans­port and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (TDA) will soon com­mence with the con­struc­tion of a skate­board fa­cil­ity in the Woodstock Town Hall precinct, the city said yes­ter­day.

The new fa­cil­ity would cre­ate a safe space for skate­board­ers to meet, prac­tice and hone their skills, it said.

Woodstock will soon be home to this skate­board fa­cil­ity, the de­tails of which will be shared with the lo­cal com­mu­nity next week.

The pro­posal for the skate­board fa­cil­ity emerged as part of the World De­sign Cap­i­tal co-de­sign ward pro­ject in 2014, with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and skate­board fra­ter­nity par­tic­i­pat­ing in dis­cus­sions about the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the Woodstock Town Hall precinct.

“Since then, we have up­graded some of the in­fra­struc­ture in the vicin­ity of the town hall. For ex­am­ple, we paved the area be­tween the town hall, li­brary, and park with red brick and cob­bles.

“We used red brick pavers for the side­walks and pedes­trian cross­ings along Vic­to­ria Road, and we added seven park­ing bays to the ex­ist­ing park­ing area ad­ja­cent to the town hall.

“We are grad­u­ally re­vi­tal­is­ing and up­lift­ing this area and next on the list is the con­struc­tion of the skate­board fa­cil­ity, the city’s may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for trans­port and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, Brett Her­ron said.

The fa­cil­ity will be sit­u­ated in the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park along Vic­to­ria Road, be­tween Plein and Aberdeen streets.

“The skate­board­ing fra­ter­nity in Woodstock was in­volved in de­ter­min­ing the lo­ca­tion of the site, the plan­ning, and in-de­sign stages of the pro­ject. I was the lo­cal ward coun­cil­lor at the time and we were all very ex­cited about the prospect of cre­at­ing a safe place that skate­board­ers can call their own and where they can en­joy them­selves.

“We have now com­pleted the fi­nal de­sign and are ea­ger to share the lay­out with the lo­cal skate­boarder com­mu­nity and res­i­dents. The fa­cil­ity will be fenced off with ramps in three cor­ners and a ramp with a hump will be con­structed in the mid­dle of the park. There is no doubt that the fa­cil­ity will be pop­u­lar and well used once we are done,’’ Her­ron said.

The pro­ject is funded from the city’s cap­i­tal bud­get and amounts to about R634 000.

“Con­struc­tion will com­mence in Jan­uary next year and should be com­pleted within three to four months, pend­ing any un­fore­seen chal­lenges. We are look­ing for­ward to get­ting go­ing and I am sure the lo­cal skate­board­ers feel the same. Through this pro­ject, we are liv­ing up to the ideals of the city’s Or­gan­i­sa­tional De­vel­op­ment and Trans­for­ma­tion Plan, which pri­ori­tises projects that will im­prove our ur­ban land­scape and res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life,’’ he said.

The TDA will host an open day where of­fi­cials will share the maps, de­sign, and in­for­ma­tion about the con­struc­tion of the skate­board fa­cil­ity with the public. The open day will take place next Wed­nes­dayfrom 2pm to 7pm at the Woodstock Com­mu­nity Hall.

“I en­cour­age res­i­dents and the lo­cal skate­board­ing com­mu­nity of Woodstock to at­tend the open day. The con­struc­tion pe­riod is not long but there will be lim­ited park­ing at the town hall dur­ing this time, and the work will af­fect the traffic along Plein Street. We will have traffic con­trollers in the area, but I ad­vise lo­cals to come and see what we are plan­ning,’’ Her­ron said. – 701295

. PIC­TURE: MASEGO LUTHANGO

PRAC­TICE MAKES PER­FECT: It won’t be long be­fore the youth in the Woodstock com­mu­nity are en­joy­ing a sim­i­lar fa­cil­ity.

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