Work is underway on a new skate plaza in Flaxmere, with the site blessed and perimeter fencing installed this week.
Located on the on the corner of Henderson Rd and Swansea Rd, the new skate plaza will replace the existing skate bowl behind Flaxmere Village.
Council says the area was chosen for its high visibility – as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour – and proximity to the playground, public toilets and drinking fountain,
Hastings Mayor, Sandra Hazlehurst said the park will be a wonderful addition to Flaxmere.
“We can’t wait till we are standing here opening the Flaxmere Skate Plaza. It is certainly Fabulous Flaxmere’s time,” she said.
The design for the new plaza was created in conjunction with more than 200 skateboarders, scooterers, school students and parents, as well as Flaxmere residents.
Covering an area of over 1375m2 square metres, the plaza incorporates more than 20 elements identified on the skaters and scooter riders wish-list including quarter pipes, ledges, rails, stairs, ramps, kerbs and bowls.
The features cater to a range of abilities, making it an exciting challenge for everyone. There is also a kiosk with outdoor seating area, as well as seating in and around the plaza. The existing trees, which are all being retained, will provide shade.
Flaxmere councillor and Hastings ambassador, Henare O’Keefe said the long-awaited construction of the skate bowl plaza ushered in the dreams and aspirations of the wider Flaxmere community, particularly its rangatahi/youth.
“The plaza is designed to cater to their needs, as prescribed by them. Located on one of the main arterial routes into the village proper, the high roller antics of the skaters will come under immediate scrutiny, as intended by our youth,” he said.
“This plaza is a vehicle that says in no uncertain terms; Pāharakeke youth/families it is your time, you are important you matter.”
The plaza build is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.