Whitianga Skate Park

The Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust is fundraising for a new skate park on a site at Taylor's Mistake in Whitianga. Signage is being installed at the proposed site to raise awareness of the project and to help with fundraising.

The Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust is fundraising for a new skate park on a site at Taylor's Mistake in Whitianga. New signage is being installed at the proposed site to raise awareness of the project and to help with fundraising.

The existing skate park facility in Whitianga is well used by locals and visitors, and in particular the youth of Whitianga, but over the years it has degraded.  The last upgrade of the ramp was in 2007.

Following the recent re-establishment of a local skateboard and scooter riders group, a plan has been approved within Council's 2018-2028 Long Term Plan for a new facility to be constructed in 2020, supplemented by fundraising and sponsorship.

Skate park plans

The Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust is fundraising for a new skate park on a site at Taylor's Mistake in Whitianga. New signage is being installed at the proposed site to raise awareness of the project and to help with fundraising.

The existing skate park facility in Whitianga is well used by locals and visitors, and in particular the youth of Whitianga, but over the years it has degraded.  The last upgrade of the ramp was in 2007.

Following the recent re-establishment of a local skateboard and scooter riders group, a plan has been approved within Council's 2018-2028 Long Term Plan for a new facility to be constructed in 2020, supplemented by fundraising and sponsorship.

A new skate park facility will benefit the town in a number of ways. It's a great place for youth to develop skills and coordination, to socialise and interact.

In 2017 a meeting was held with local users of the skate park in 2017 looking at possible locations. The best proposed location on Taylor's Mistake was chosen for the following reasons:

  • Permitted activity within the district plan
  • Proximity to existing activity and acceptance within the community
  • Included within the Reserve Management Plans
  • Preferred by the Community Board
  • Allows for future development of a Community Centre - take this line out
  • Maintains existing overflow parking areas - Further develops the underutilised area of Taylors Mistake
  • Provides for a sufficiently exposed area to encourage appropriate play

The Skate Park Group is now at a stage where in the New Year, they would like to take the agreed concept design and consult with the community and skate park users.

This design will allow the group to further develop the detail in conjunction with the users and designers for an appropriate new and modern skate park for Mercury Bay positioned in Taylors Mistake.

Implementation:

The first stage of the project in 2018 was to locate, consult and provide a preliminary design of a proposed new skate park facility for Whitianga Town. This will allow the Mercury BaySkate Group to consult on the design and seek input from the community for support andfunding options.The next stage is to develop the detailed design in 2019 and confirm and commit externalfunding to the project for Construction in the following financial year.4

Suggested Resolution(s)

That the Mercury Bay Community Board:

  • Receives the ' Whitianga Skate Park Design' report dated 31 July 2018.
  • Approves the proposed layout and location of the Skate Park.
  • Supports the Mercury Bay Skate Park Group in utilising the existing Boffa Miskellconcept design to seek further community support and funding for the next phase ofthe project.