Skate park open for discussion
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.