Wanaka skate park upgrade rolls on

ROLLING: Work is set to begin on the upgrade of the Wanaka Skate Park and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
ROLLING: Work is set to begin on the upgrade of the Wanaka Skate Park and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Wanaka is set to become a top destination for skateboarders, BMX riders and rollerbladers alike with work on the $344,000 extension of the Wanaka Skate Park set to start.

Experienced skate park builder Jason Parkes, of Premium Skate Park Designs, whose portfolio includes the Queenstown Skate Plaza and Bowl, Gisborne Vert Ramp and other parks in New Zealand and Australia, has been handed the task for the upgrade.

The upgrade was expected to take up to 18 weeks, starting mid September - and it was hoped it would be ready by Christmas.

Wanaka Skate Park Trust spokesperson Eddie Spearing said Parks was acknowledged as the best skate park builder in the country.

The stand-out feature of the new park would include a "clover bowl" which was shaped like a leaf clover.

The park, the playground for the 261 Wanaka Skate Club members, was busiest in August and a key attraction to snowboards and freeskiers when they were not hitting the slopes.

Next year the a bowl skate competition would be added to the Winter Games.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council was processing the consent for the upgrade and funded $146,000, while the Central Lakes Trust gave $140,000, the Otago Community Trust $40,000 and Wanaka Skate Club members raised $18,000.

The park will be closed during the upgrade.

The Mirror