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Skate park to be better and brighter

AMANDA PARKINSON
Last updated 05:00 09/01/2014
Skate park redevelopment
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Invercargill City Council community development manager Mary Napper and project technician Tom Dolman at the old skate park on Elles Rd, which is to be closed for redevelopment.

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Construction of the Elles Rd skate park will begin this month, the Invercargill City Council has confirmed.

Council community development manager Mary Napper said the existing park would be closed during construction.

"Park users will be looking forward to using the new park, which is expected to be complete by the end of May," she said.

The highly contested tender for the project had been awarded to Hunter Civil Projects, which would partner with Convic to complete the park's design, she said.

A meeting held late last year gave both potential park users and current users the opportunity to study the final concept plans for the park.

"It was agreed that having Convic as the designers was tremendous for Southland as they are a well-respected international design company," Ms Napper said.

Designs released this week showed the new park would be extended past the existing skate park's boundary.

Ms Napper said the plans had not changed "remarkably" from the first drawing.

"It just comes down to budget," she said.

Project technician Tom Dolman said the plan was to excavate existing shrubbery and land on the south side of the park.

The new park will be partly fenced along the railway and on the side nearest to Elles Rd. It will feature CCTV, lighting and a drinking fountain.

Both Mr Dolman and Ms Napper said the council was not interested in running a street art project for the park and any graffiti would be removed.

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