Methven’s skate park land se­cured

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - THE CHINA SHOP - ERIN TASKER

Methven is a step closer to a new skate park af­ter the Ash­bur­ton Dis­trict Coun­cil voted to lease a sec­tion of land to Kidz Methven for the de­vel­op­ment of the park.

Coun­cil has agreed to lease 2,024m2 on the cor­ner of McMil­lan and Bank Streets, charg­ing an an­nual rent of $1, if de­manded.

Coun­cil com­mer­cial man­ager Colin Windle­born said Kidz Methven had been try­ing to es­tab­lish a pub­lic skate park af­ter a pri­vately-owned in­door one was dam­aged in the 2011 earth­quakes.

‘‘Coun­cil is­sues com­mu­nity leases on a case by case ba­sis and this means we can as­sess the cir­cum­stances and come to a rea­son­able ar­range­ment. The rent recog­nises the con­sid­er­able costs as­so­ci­ated with the es­tab­lish­ment of the skate park, which will re­quire a re­source con­sent, build­ing and drainage.

‘‘The lease also has good out­comes for coun­cil and the wider com­mu­nity, as it is ex­pected the skate park will elim­i­nate the $1,700 yearly main­te­nance costs coun­cil cur­rently spends on mow­ing the land. Lo­cal young peo­ple will also have a new fa­cil­ity to keep them­selves busy that’s well lo­cated in the cen­tral part of town.’’

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