Methven’s skate park land secured
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.’’