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