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Napier skate park opening soon

Napier City Council is looking forward to revealing the new Napier Skate Park to the public before Christmas.

A free open day is being held at the park on Marine Parade on Saturday 17 December.

Brand new ramps are currently being built, with the ramps formerly used at SkateZone to be returned to the Napier Skating Club.

“Unfortunately the ramps they offered us would have cost too much to upgrade to an acceptable safety standard so while we were very grateful for the offer, we’ve decided to build new. We see this as a good opportunity to add some new ramps to what has already been built into the redevelopment,” said Antoinette Campbell, Director Community Services at Napier City Council.

The new ramps will not be ready by the time the Park opens but other temporary activities are planned for patrons to enjoy until they are.
The proposed pricing structure of fees and charges is set to be included on the agenda of a special finance meeting of Council later this month, after which it will be confirmed at the full Council meeting next month.

“We are aiming to make the fees as affordable as possible and within reach of the whole Hawke’s Bay community” says Ms Campbell.

The name of the skate park is also yet to be confirmed.

The new skate park has been developed in consultation with Napier’s roller sports clubs and skate park designers from around the world to meet the needs of all wheel sports, including skateboarding, scootering, in-line skating and creative skating. It will also be able to be used for events, with the old Marineland grandstand revamped for spectator seating. At this stage the Skate Park will be managed by Council, rather than by the Napier Skating Club, however Ms Campbell says this will be reviewed again following the first year of operation.

“We are still open to working with the Club in different capacities and see them having a pivotal role in skater development and offering programmes at the Napier Skate Park.”

Stage two of the Marine Parade redevelopment project is due for completion in early 2017. The overall development runs from the Sunken Gardens to the old Marineland site.

The second stage includes water features, sculptures, furniture  and landscaped areas inspired by Maori mythology and the environment.

It has been designed to strengthen the link between the foreshore and the central business district.

4 November 2016

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