Thursday, 12 December 2019

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First images of what new Whitianga skatepark may look like released

The Whitianga skatepark project has taken an exciting step forward with the release of the first images of what the new facility may look like.

Convic, the company that secured the tender for the skatepark’s design, has prepared detailed concept plans featuring a variety of different zones and catering for various levels of users, and the community is now being invited to share their thoughts about the proposed plans at two consultation workshops.

Convic says the aim of the workshops is to ensure the design they have come up with meets the needs of the community, particularly those who will use the skatepark.

In the design, the skatepark, which will be located at Taylors Mistake, is separated into three main zones - the street drain run which follows the Carina Creek edge and consists of low height obstacles maintaining views through the skatepark, an open flow section consisting of beginner to intermediate transition features with some unique and challenging obstacles, and an isolated bowl section consisting of intermediate to advanced quarter pipes.

Seating and terraces are located at the main entry point of the skatepark, which connects to an adjacent open lawn area allowing for spectators, other amenities and a potential community event space.

Seating has also been integrated into some of the skatepark platform areas.

By utilising a holistic approach, the design of the skatepark aims to create a dynamic, central community hub that offers recreational and social experiences for all members of the Whitianga community.

The two consultation workshops will be held on Thursday, 7 November at the Mercury Bay Community Boardroom behind the Thames-Coromandel District Council offices in Monk Street. The first workshop will run from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and the second from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. A representatives from Convic will be at the workshops to present and explain the concept plans, answer questions and listen to any comments, concerns or recommendations.

Pictured: An artist’s impression of what the new Whitianga skatepark may look like.

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