Have your say on how you want to skate in Tauranga

Vitor Kokemper, 11, from Mount Maunganui in action at Arataki skate park – one of several skate parks around the city in line for an upgrade. Photo: Sam Fisher.

If doing ollies, kick flips and nose grabs are your thing, then Tauranga City Council wants to hear from you.

Council is co-designing and identifying the best location for a destination skate park for the city, as well as upgrading existing skate facilities.

Director of spaces and places Paul Dunphy says Council wants to know from the Tauranga skate community what sort of improvements they would like to see to existing facilities and what they would like to see in a destination skate park.

“Our growing skate community has told us our existing skate facilities are outdated and don’t provide for different skating experiences.

“As well as asking people to fill in our survey, we’re also inviting members of the skate community to join a co-design group to design a new destination skatepark. Who better to know what works best than a skater?”

Long-time Tauranga skateboarder Garth Urquhart says different types of skaters will have different ideas about what they want for a destination skate park for the city so it’s important for people to have their say.

“As well as skateboarding we’ve got scooters, roller skating and BMX. Together we can come up with the best solution and design to suit everyone.”

The Council survey was going to be launched with a Skate Jam at the Memorial Park Roller Rink but due to Covid-19 alert levels this has been postponed.

For more information about the destination skate park project and to complete the survey, visit: www.tauranga.govt.nz/skate

Survey participants will go in a draw to win one of five $50 Prezzy cards.

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