Skate park open for dis­cus­sion

Kaikoura Star - - FRONT PAGE -

Crit­i­cism of the Kaiko¯ura Dis­trict Coun­cil’s three-year plan pri­or­i­ties has got the coun­cil on the de­fen­sive about the skate park.

Mayor Win­ston Gray said he had re­ceived a lot of com­ments about the fact a new skate park was not in the plan, how­ever he said this was never on the agenda.

The skate park, on Kaiko¯ura’s Es­planade, was dam­aged in the Novem­ber earth­quake but was re­paired by Christ­mas 2017, work which in­cluded smooth­ing cracks and bumps, and con­crete work.

The Kaiko¯ura Youth Coun­cil also re­ceived Lotteries Board fund­ing in 2017 and added a tim- ber half pipe struc­ture.

The draft three-year plan in­di­cates bud­get­ing a to­tal of $4.2mil­lion be­tween 2018 and 2021 on com­mu­nity as­sets to re­pair earth­quake dam­age and make them safe to use.

This is $1.9mil­lion more than what was re­ceived in the in­sur­ance pay­out for the dam­age to our com­mu­nity as­sets.

Be­cause the ex­ist­ing skate park had al­ready re­ceived re­pair work, it was there­fore not in­cluded in the draft plan, Gray said.

Coun­cil staff were happy to work along­side key stake­hold­ers and the com­mu­nity on a new skate park, how­ever de­ci­sions around fund­ing, lo­ca­tion, build­ing and man­ag­ing the park would need to be made, he said.

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