Interest in Frankton skate park ramps up

AARON LEAMAN
Last updated 05:00 27/01/2014

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It has the makings of a winning combo - burger and fries with a dash of skating on the side.

A week out from its official opening, the finishing touches are being made to Hamilton's latest skate park next to Burger King on Greenwood St.

The park sits on land donated by Burger King while a team of volunteers and builders, led by father-of-two Antony Leggett, has been building various ramps and skate features since June.

Mr Leggett said they had tried to keep news of the park low-key until its completion but a stream of eager skaters had already cut a trail to the site to check it out.

"There's definitely loads of interest in what we're doing. Every day we get about three to four groups stopping by to have a look. We even had 10 guys come down from Auckland to have a jam on it."

The skate ramps still had to be plastered and there was a bit of "tidy up work" to do but skaters were already giving the park top marks, Leggett said.

"It's a park that's been built around transition skating with mini ramps as opposed to street skating. It's also a kids-friendly park. It's small enough for beginners to learn stuff but not too small to bore more experienced skaters."

Leggett's building company AL & GB Builders had sponsored the project while Burger King had paid for the concrete and materials.

The skate park location was ideal for parents who didn't want to leave their children unsupervised, he said.

"My two boys are into skating . . . This way the parents can have a feed and can keep an eye on their kids."

Entry to the park will be free and Mr Leggett eventually hoped to run youth events and holiday programmes on-site.

■ The Greenwood St skate park will open on February 1 and will include competitions and demonstrations from pro skaters and scooter riders.

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