Skatepark on starter's orders

Vision: Waimate’s new skatepark design.
Vision: Waimate’s new skatepark design.

Waimate should have a skatepark within four months and at significantly less cost than originally proposed.

The Waimate District Council has approved a funding request for $100,000 to be uplifted when a balance of $40,000 has been raised by the Waimate Skatepark Committee.

The council had originally been asked for $150,000 but that figure was altered by the council in 2011 after it was identified that the skatepark committee would be well positioned to secure more funding.

The total cost for the project has dropped from an earlier estimate of $270,000 to $140,000.

The new proposal is to build a smaller 250sqm prefabricated skatepark, six metre climbing net and bouldering wall located at Boland Park near the swimming pool.

The Waimate Skatepark Committee has so far raised $7000 with a promise of a further $16,000.

Spokesman Steve Napper says the group is confident that it can raise $40,000 and see the project completed in March.

Mr Napper says the project was much bigger than a skatepark and was just the start of plans to develop the surrounding area.

"With the park central to the community centre, swimming pool and BMX track this will complete the area as a family centred zone and a future development which we hope will include a picnic/barbecue area and cross-generational exercise equipment.

The Timaru Herald