Thursday, August 11, 2022

Cambridge gets its skate on

Construction is set to get underway this month on an ultra-modern $800,000 skatepark in Cambridge.

Waipā District Council’s community services manager, Brad Ward says the new facility will appeal to elite skaters as well as newcomers.

It will complement the neighbouring bike pump track and Perry Aquatic Centre Puna Kaukau O Te Oko Horoi swimming pool, he said.

“The upgrades to Cambridge skatepark became a priority during the 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan process. There were multiple submissions requesting an upgraded skate facility in Cambridge, including a great submission from a group of Cambridge teenagers, noting its current poor and outdated design,” said Mr Ward.

Council undertook two rounds of consultation with the community in December 2021 and April 2022 to help shape plans and understand what the community wanted for their skatepark.

“As a result of consultation we updated the designs to remove the staircase and extend the hip, raise the learner zone surface and add a pump-dump, quarter pipe and rainbow rail. A shaded hangout area and extra seating will also be installed to connect the skatepark to the rest of the activity spaces at Dominion Avenue,” says Mr Ward.

The six-month construction project will be led by Fluhler Contracting Limited, alongside Acid NZ who designed the skateparks for both Cambridge and Te Awamutu.

Weather permitting, the new Te Awamutu skatepark, play elements and parkour space at Centennial Park is scheduled to open mid-September.

Check out the Cambridge skatepark at www.waipadc.govt.nz/waipa-skate-parks.

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