Pictured above: Whangamata skate park concept design, click to view the full document. The existing skate park is on Martyn Road (1265m2 approximately in size), and we would like to construct a street skate area next to the existing bowl on top of the bank on the park side. Refurbishment and repairs of the old bowl were completed in December 2019 (pictured below). Much of the community feedback during August 2019 supported the concept design, with some minor amendments, and the extension is expected to start after the peak period (February 2020). “The idea is to create a better link and flow from the shelter area and create a street skate ‘zone’,” says Ross Ashby, our Council's project manager. “We want to focus acknowledge the importance of the existing bowl for skating history in Whangamata, but at the same time give it a new lease of life so the next generation can continue to express themselves in new creative and exciting ways." “The sport of skateboarding is growing and will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 games. We want to represent our local talent by ensuring we have a design that meets the growing interests and abilities,” says Mr Ashby. The existing skate park was built in two separate time periods. The oldest and most iconic part is the snake run bowl, which is over 30 years old. This bowl has a lot of history in the skating scene in Whangamata, and is known by skaters internationally as one of only three skate areas in New Zealand identified in Thrasher magazine’s notable parks. The skate park itself is almost 20 years old and the report done by Premium Skate Park Designs in 2017 highlights a lot of the students’ concerns such as damage, chipped and broken concrete, poor drainage, congestion over the peak period, and most of the features not being functional and dangerous to use. You can view the full concept design here.