Young skaters propose Tawa skate park upgrade

Young skaters propose Tawa skate park upgrade

Eliot Knight, Sachin Kanji, Xavier Pine, Henry Spinks (all of Tawa Intermediate), and Lucy Knight, are hoping the council can upgrade Tawa skate park in the near future. PHOTO: SEAN NUGENT.

A group of Tawa Intermediate students are leading a campaign to redevelop and improve Tawa skate park.

They took their ideas and a 130-signature-strong petition to the Tawa community board earlier this month in the hope the council will upgrade the park and expand it into an empty plot of green space beside it.

The group also conducted an online survey, where they received a strong backing from the near 300 responses.

The skate park features just two small ramps, a box, and two rails disconnected from the main course for riders. A lone basketball hoop also sits in the corner, which the group believe is safety issue.

Having seen the success of the redeveloped parks in Porirua and Waitangi Park, the students believed an upgrade in Tawa would attract better skaters and could even hold events.

“I think it has potential,” 10-year-old Eliot Knight said.

The popularity of the skate parks outside of Tawa was also a concern, as the students often found them to be too busy.

“When you go to Porirua or even Waitangi [skate parks], it’s always busy, no matter what time of day,” mother Stephanie Knight said.

She said the skate park could form a part of a large central recreational hub in Tawa.

“You could have more community events here – with the pool and the park [Grasslees Reserve] there as well, it would create a really cool hub where people could come down here, do a few different things and hang out for the day.”

Northern ward councillor Jill Day refused to rule out the possibility of an upgrade to the skate park, although she admitted it would “take some time”.

She said the students had made a compelling argument at the community board meeting, but there were concerns over the usage of the council land next to the skate park, which she said was currently used by the fire service.

She said there was no chance of an upgrade before the end of the year.

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