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Wheels at Washington as skate park opens

17 April 2014

Wheels at Washington as skate park opens

Bikers, skaters and scooter riders can test out their wheels with today’s opening of the third and final phase of Washington Way Reserve Skate Park.

The $3.5 million development of the park includes three skate bowls, half-pipes, ramps, steps and handrails, along with other landscaped and grassed areas.

The park has been closed to the public since October last year while construction was underway.

Councillor Yani Johanson has advocated for the skate park completion since 1997 and credits both the Council and Hagley–Ferrymead Community Board for the project’s success.

“The local community board initially saw an opportunity to provide a skate facility in this location and the Council has responded by developing one of the largest skate parks in New Zealand, catering to a range of ages, styles and skill levels.

“Users of the park, along with associated retail outlets, have played a huge role in advocating for the development and I thank them for their support throughout the process.

“It doesn’t matter whether you have four wheels or two; the park is a world class purpose-built facility suitable for all users. It will be a hugely popular attraction that will provide a positive place for recreation and enjoyment for many,” says Councillor Johanson.

Council Transport and Greenspace Unit Manager John Mackie says: “The park’s final design incorporated ideas gained through public consultation with key stakeholders. Contractor Hunter Civil worked closely with Convic, a leading Australian skate park design and build company, and Council staff to ensure these design elements were constructed to the highest possible standard.”

Councillor Johanson says the park combines high level skating infrastructure with seating and viewing areas for judging, making it an ideal venue for national competitions in the future.

“The park blends modern street skating style with transitional design elements, ensuring it meets users’ practical requirements as well as integrating into the surrounding urban environment.”

Existing vegetation around the park has been trimmed to increase visibility, with lighting supplied during the hours of darkness to improve site security.

Construction on the skate park was carried out over three phases. The first stage was completed in 1996-97, with the second phase finished in 2001.

Planning for the third and final stage of the park began in 2006 with design and consultation being carried out over a three year period.

The Council approved the design in 2009 with consent granted in October 2012.

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